MURRAYVILLE - Betty Ross Lakin, 94, of Murrayville passed away peacefully Sunday evening, May 11, 2014, in her own home. She was born on March 6, 1920, in White Hall, the daughter of Frank and Ethel Rickert Ross. She married Donald Lakin on October 27, 1945, in White Hall and they lived at their old Master's Street residence since 1952.
Betty is survived by her two children, Stephen Ross (wife, Mary Jo) Lakin and Eric Lynn (wife, Christine) Lakin, all of Murrayville. She has four grandchildren, Michelle (husband, Terry) Whewell, Kimberly (husband, Darrin) Johnson, Scott (wife, Emilia) Lakin and Matthew (wife, Judy) Lakin; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, George, who died in infancy, and her husband of 56 years, Donald.
Betty graduated from White Hall High School and was an alumnus of William Woods University. She was a member of Murrayville Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and the Morgan County Home Extension. Betty served as a Cub Scout troop leader and was a past member and president of Murrayville PTO. She helped her husband in the meat-processing business for 45 years. Betty loved playing bridge, spending time at Lake Jacksonville and especially visiting with family and friends. Betty was a faithful wife, devoted mother and friend. Wonderful care was given by Betty's long-term caregivers, Melissa Hare, Freddie Baker, Misty Campbell and Yolanda Vedder.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Murrayville Methodist Church with burial at White Hall Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Murrayville Methodist Church or Murrayville-Woodson E.A.S. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on May 13, 2014