Betty Jean Smallie, 91, of Granite City, Ill., born Feb. 9, 1925, in Granite City, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Betty was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Granite City, Ill. She had been attending Trinity United Methodist in Granite City, Ill. Betty had worked at Dow Chemical as an executive secretary. She had also worked as a secretary at the First Presbyterian Church. Betty enjoyed writing poetry and writing letters to family and friends. She also enjoyed taking swim aerobics classes and loved dancing. Betty was on the WOW line dancers at the senior center in Granite City, Ill. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, serving the Lord and going to church. Betty will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ellen, nee Dennis, Gray; and her siblings, Ralph, Anna Mae, Irene, Bob, Jack, Joe, Lorraine, William, Phillip, Donald, Robert and Madge.
Surviving are her loving children and son-in-law, Nancy and Nelson Eaker of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Dennis Ray Edwards of Nixa, Mo.; proud grandmother to, Laura Ellen (Darin) Halter of Benton, Mo., Megan Jean Allen of Jackson, Mo., and Amanda Rae Edwards of Ozark, Mo.; proud great-grandmother to Joshua, Andrew, Caitlyn, Janis and Wrenly; extended family and many dear friends.
Memorial donations may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church or Drury University Betty Jean Smallie Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Lisa Guilliams officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Granite City, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 15, 2016