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Betty M. Muskrat
Betty M. Muskrat, 87, Carthage, Mo., formerly of Neosho, Mo., passed away March 22, 2017, at St. Luke's Nursing Center, following an illness.
Betty was born January 18, 1930, in Fairview, Mo., the daughter of Henry and Mae (Estes) Paden. She graduated from Midway High School and had worked as a legal secretary and as secretary at the First Baptist Church in Neosho for 16 years prior to retirement. She lived most of her life in the southwest Missouri area and loved children. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage.
Betty and Tom Muskrat, Sr., were married on Aug. 27, 1950, in Noel, Mo., and he survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Mark Muskrat, of Neosho, and Tom Muskrat, Jr., of Carthage; three grandchildren, Roxie Muskrat, Karen Brasier, and Nicholas Muskrat, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Treva Wolgamott, of Neosho, and Neva Kilber, of Mesa, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashley Muskrat; brother, Lloyd Paden; and daughter in law, Darla Muskrat.
Services for Betty will be held on Monday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Carthage, Rev. Jack Jones will officiate. Interment will follow in the Dice Cemetery, Fairview. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the First Baptist Church of Carthage, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO, 64850.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on March 24, 2017
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