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Betty Ann (Jefferson) Cole, of Wheaton, Mo., was born October 2, 193,3 in Alsey, Ill., the daughter of James and Vida (Day) Jefferson. She passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at her home after a lengthy illness.
In 1952 she graduated from Winchester High School, in Winchester, Ill., and then worked for the Illinois Secretary of State.
On June 21, 1958, in Alsey, she was united in marriage to Russell D. Cole.
In 1971 they moved to Wheaton, where they raised chickens and cattle. Betty loved working in her vegetable garden and enjoyed her flowers. She was a member of First Baptist Church, in Wheaton.
Surviving are her husband, Russell; one daughter, Diane Cole, of Joplin, Mo.; two sons, David Cole and his wife, Amy, of Cassville, Mo., and Douglas Cole and his wife, Patricia, of Gladstone, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Holly Richardson and her husband, Zachary, of Mukilteo, Wash., Lindsay Cole, of Los Angeles, Calif., Andrew Cole, of Seattle, Wash., Emily Cole, of Cassville, Jefferson Cole, of Gladstone, Mo., Michael Prall, of Kingston, Wash., Erik Prall, of Ozark, Mo., Steven Prall, of Joplin, and Dallas Prall, of Kingston; one great-grandchild, Rilee Prall, of Joplin; six brothers, Keith Jefferson and his wife, Betsy, Harold Jefferson and his wife, Esther, and Rogers Jefferson and his wife, Bonnie, all of Alsey, Pat Jefferson and his wife, LeAnn, of Sioux City, Iowa, Glen Jefferson and his wife, Linda, of Alsey, and Donald Jefferson and his wife, Janice, of Manchester, Ill.; two sisters, Mary Jane Killebrew and her husband, Ronnie, of Patterson, Ill., and Norma Jean Ossman, of Trenton, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers, Bill Jefferson and Roy Jefferson.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 7, at First Baptist Church, in Wheaton, under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, in Wheaton. Pastor Mark Hall will conduct the services. Burial will be in Muncie Chapel Cemetery, at Wheaton. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday at McQueen Funeral Home, in Wheaton.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Susan G. Komen Foundation, in memory of Betty.
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McQUEEN FUNERAL HOME
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Published on August 5, 2017
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