Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Burrus-Meece, 86, of Roodhouse, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.
She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 6, 1927, the oldest child born of Karl and Helen (Sullivan) Jenks. Her father, Karl, was a civil engineer and a professor of philosophy, so as a young girl Betsy lived and attended schools in several different states. She graduated from East Alton-Wood River Community High School. She married Wilmer Roy Burrus, soon after his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp on March 2, 1947, in Wood River.
The two of them moved to Roodhouse in 1959 and purchased a drug store there in January 1960. They continued to own and operate Burrus Drug Store for 25 years before selling the business to their son and daughter-in-law. Roy passed away Dec. 24, 1998, after 51 years of marriage, and Betsy continued to work at the drug store until her retirement. She later married Russell Meece and he preceded her in death Feb. 7, 2005.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and John Guntren of Eldred; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Beth Burrus of Roodhouse; seven grandchildren; and a brother, William Sherer of Springfield. In addition to both husbands, she was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Helen and William Sherer; her father and stepmother, Karl and Mil Jenks; and a brother, Charles Jenks.
Betsy was very active in her community and was a member of the PEO Chapter BU, serving as their president from 1972-1974, a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in White Hall, was a volunteer with the North Greene Elementary, and particularly loved the "Book Buddy" program. She served on the boards of the Roodhouse Public Library and the Fernwood Cemetery, but truly loved her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed every opportunity attending their many activities and graduations.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in White Hall. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services Sunday at the church. The Rev. Hans Poetschner will officiate. Burial will be at the Fernwood Cemetery in Roodhouse. Memorials are suggested to the Roodhouse Public Library, the First Presbyterian Church in White Hall, or to Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of arrangements.
Crawford Funeral Home
1308 St. Highway 109
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Apr. 3, 2014