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Bettye J. Foust, 96, of Joplin, Mo., was welcomed home on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
Bettye was born February 23, 1921, in Joplin. She graduated from Joplin High School and worked at Meeker Leather Co. until she met and married the love of her life, Cleon "C.C." Foust on October 31, 1941.
Throughout her life, Bettye was dedicated to the service and care of others through immeasurable volunteer hours in the community. This began with her serving as a Brownie leader and room mother for her children, and continued through serving as a volunteer alongside Cleon for over 30 years at St. John's Medical Center (now known as Mercy Hospital) and as president of the St. John's Auxiliary. In addition, she was the first woman elected as an elder at Oakland Christian Church. Over the decades, Bettye made and donated hundreds of wonderful craft projects to her church and the Auxiliary, and even found time to make beautiful "Raggedy Ann" dolls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most important of all, Bettye was a loving and beloved wife, mother, Mimi to her grandchildren, aunt and friend.
Bettye is preceded in death by her husband, Cleon; brother, Don Robbins; and sister, Agnes LaNear.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Carl) Raines; son, Chuck (Kathy) Foust; sister, Lou Ann Key; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special appreciation from the family to the loving care and friendship of her "adopted daughter", Ellen Strote.
Friends may call during regular business hours on Friday for viewing. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Mason-Woodard, of Joplin, with Rev. Fred Pugh and Chaplain Justin Coberley officiating.
Memorial contributions are requested to Mercy Auxiliary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin.
Published on June 16, 2017
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