Betty Joan Lathrop

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Betty Joan Lathrop

April 30, 1929 - November 12, 2018

Betty Joan Lathrop Betty Jo Lathrop was born April 30, 1929 to James Murvy and Mildred Combs Wilson, in Polk County, near Aldrich, Mo. Betty passed away November 12, 2018 at Freeman Hospital, in Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.
As a young woman Betty began working at Big Smith Factory, in Lamar, Mo., where she proved to be an accomplished seamstress, specializing in zippers.
On November 14, 1951 she married H.C. "Shorty" Lathrop, in Bentonville, Ark.
While Shorty was in the service, Betty maintained the farm and milked the cows by hand. She was a full-time homemaker and mother. She then began a career in the Walmart jewelry department, in Lamar, until her retirement in 1992. She took great pride in her garden, canning, home cooked meals, to which anyone who showed up was invited to partake, and her cream pies. Shorty and Betty Jo celebrated their 66th anniversary before his passing. To this union five children were born. Some of Betty's greatest memories were spending time with friends and family!
Betty Jo was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Lamar, and the Naomi Sunday school class, active in the Sheldon Jolly Senior Citizens and avid supporters and honorees of the Sheldon Picnic.
Betty Jo leaves behind three sons, Gene (Sandy) Lathrop, Lamar, J.D (Cindy) Lathrop, Nevada, Charles (Angie) Lathrop, Irwin; two daughters, Barbara (David) Thrasher, Lamar, and Kathy (Robert) Clampett, Statesboro, Ga.; grandchildren, Ronnie, Lana, Lance, Skyler, Travis, Kyle, Phil, Brent, Tai, and Donovan; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Shorty; her parents; two brothers, James and Billy Wilson; and a grandson, Donald Gene Lathrop.
A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, at Daniel Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Sheldon Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Funeral Home.
Contributions are suggested to Sheldon Cemetery Association, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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Joe and Betty Lee Roe
Nov 14, 2018
We are so sorry to read of your loss. Since we are in the Philippines, we wanted to extend our sympathy to you and want you to know you are in our prayers. We are with our son, David , who joins us in our thoughts and prayers. Betty was a friend and she will be missed.