Betty Ruth Helvey, 86, of Columbia, died on January 6, 2013, at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Betty was born on November 29, 1926, in Palestine, Texas, the only child of Eunice Stafford and Welborn Elisha Holland. Raised in Texas, she met and married Kenneth Jefferson Helvey on November 5, 1944, in Graham, Texas. The couple had two children.
Following Ken's long career in military and civil service, the family lived in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and then Missouri, establishing their home in Sedalia in 1966. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Although she had resided in Missouri for the past 57 years, she always considered herself a Texan and never lost her soft Texas drawl. She loved reading, crocheting, and cooking for her family and friends. Betty and Ken shared their care for others through their membership and charitable work in Sedalia Shrine Club, where Betty was an active member of The Order of the Eastern Star. Betty and Ken relocated to Lenoir Woods in Columbia in 2010.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband of 65 years, Kenneth; and by her son, Carl Richard Helvey.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane Helvey Mandel of Columbia; her granddaughter, Erin Helvey, of Hazelwood; and three nieces and one nephew.
A memorial service in celebration of Betty's life will be held at Lenoir Woods' Epple Chapel at 2 P.M on Saturday, January 26. Inurnment will follow at at later date in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Betty's memory to The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, Missouri, 65202.
Online tributes may be left at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.