Betty's Story

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Betty Jean Mate left this life on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo. She was 89 years young.
Betty was born December 11, 1927, at home on Grand Street in Joplin to the late Joseph Craig and Ora (Medlin) Young. She was raised at 1311 Byers in Joplin. She attended Lafayette and South High School in Joplin.
She married the late John Mate October 31, 1946, in Columbus, Kan.
She worked at the Conner Hotel in Joplin, at the age of 15. Being the great cook that she was, she raised eight children and taught them all to cook. She landed a job at 5th Street Café in Baxter Springs, Kan. She was also a cook at the Quapaw Nursing Home. Everybody raved about her salisbury steak and donuts. She was a member of and attended Quapaw First Baptist Church in Quapaw, Okla. She received a certificate for being the oldest member of the First Baptist Church of Quapaw during their 100th Anniversary.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Craig Young; her mother, Ora Medlin Young; a sister, Marguerite Young; and a brother, Joseph Duard Young; and a granddaughter, Misty Lynn Bench.
She is survived and blessed by eight children, JoAnn Kibel and husband, Ed, of Quapaw, Frances Pliler and husband, Rich, of Quapaw, John W. Mate and wife, Martha, of Quapaw, Dianna Smith and husband, J.O., of Miami, Okla., Carolyn Simpson and husband, Harold, of Vinita, Okla., J.D. Mate, of Grove, Okla., Barbara Haralson and late husband, Scott, of Miami, Jim Mate and wife, Halene, of Miami; 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Quapaw. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami.
Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami.
Published on March 19, 2017
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