Betty Louise Deck
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If you ever needed to know anything about sewing, Betty was the one to ask. She was happiest when seated at her sewing machine, making magic with fabric.
Betty passed away on her birthday, April 5. She was born in Springfield, and lived most of her life here. Her spirit is carried on by her four children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a large extended family of relatives and friends who were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Betty during her 85 years.
Among the most important: Laugh often, especially after playing a great practical joke. A little dirt's good for you. Share what you know so others can enjoy it, too. Love up babies. And puppies. You're never too old to fall in love. Travel to see the world. Belly dancing is great exercise. Always talk with strangers because they may be new friends, and if they live abroad, you'll have a reason to go visit. Chocolate is good for you. Don't be afraid of trying new things, because Skype is fun. Get on the computer and make friends all over the world. You can love, and be loved by, people you've never met in person.
When asked by a nurse this week what she did in life, without missing a beat, Betty replied, "Raised four children." She did good. We were all with her, holding her hands as she left us to be reunited in Heaven with her dance partner and traveling companion of 59 years, her husband, Marvin Dale Deck.
Betty leaves her children: Stephanie Carol (Larry), Brian, Marla (Hue) and Daniel (Janis); grandchildren Mendy, Ryan, Kaitlin, Alicia and Olivia; great-grandchildren Noah, Mariah and Jordan; and her Yorkie, Hannah. Her parents were Herbert and Grace Brown, and her brother was Sidney Brown.
Family, friends and strangers she would love to have met may visit with Betty's family at Greenlawn South, Tuesday, April 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Services will be held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 am. In Betty's memory, donations may be made to Honor Flight of the Ozarks.
Greenlawn Funeral Home South - Springfield
441 West Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on Apr. 8, 2014