Betty R.


SPRINGFIELD, IL - Betty R. Blakeman, 86, died at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.

Betty was born June 23, 1927, in Springfield to Fred and Eva Jones Morris. Her mother later married Lawrence P. Prather, who raised her. She married Charles R. Blakeman and he preceded her in death in 1997.

Betty was employed with the Secretary of State for 26 years until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of the VFW & DAV Ladies Auxiliaries. She and Charlie were also members of the American Legion. She liked to travel, collect teddy bears and Maxine memorabilia, and loved her grandson's birds and the family dog.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Eva and Lawrence Prather; two brothers, Cliff and Arnold Morris; and sister, Madeline Charles.

She is survived by her three daughters: Charlene (Lenny) Beechler of Springfield, Lisa (Roy Schmedeke) Lascelles of Moweaqua and Kara (John Boose) Blakeman of Petersburg; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.

Funeral Ceremony: 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindberg Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.

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Funeral Home

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home
900 South Sixth Street Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 544-4646