Elizabeth J. Elliott "Betty" Jackson

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MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Elliott Jackson of Seguin, Texas, died on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Albuquerque, N.M., with her loved ones, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of William "Bill" Jackson.

Betty was born Oct. 18, 1946, to Delbert S. and M. Doloros Yates Elliott. She was married to Stan Dieker on Feb. 4, 1967, and had three children, Holly, Delbert, and Chris. Betty later married her adoring husband, Bill Jackson, on Sept. 14, 2003.

Betty graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Monroe City in 1964. She was employed at Artcraft Graphic Designers in Quincy, Ill., until moving to New Mexico in 1973. She was employed at PNM as a draftswoman and engineer for a total of 30 years before retiring.

Betty was a very loving and exceptional wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to cherishing the company of family and friends, she enjoyed interior design, preparing a welcoming and loving home, reading, gardening and traveling. She was an amazing cook and was talented at sewing and painting. Betty was musically talented, enjoyed singing, and could play a song on the guitar or piano by ear. Betty lived a very full and busy life with her devoted husband, Bill. She will be remembered with great affection.

Betty is survived by her husband, Bill Jackson; a daughter, Holly Gurule; a son, Chris Dieker (Renee); two stepdaughters, Holly (Ron) Mitchell and Kelly Burnett; grandchildren, Nicole and Brandon Jaramillo, Waylon Reynolds, Caden and Jonah Dieker and Megan and Austin Burnett; great-grandchildren, Sahvanna Sandoval and Heath and Addisyn Jaramillo.

Other survivors are brothers, Richard (Kay) and Jerry (Bonnie) Elliott of Monroe City; and sisters, Jane Frederick of Quincy, Rose (Bill) Shinn of Monroe City, Sally Moutray (Chuck) Simmons of Palmyra, Sonja Robbins of Moberly, Denise (Al) Gaskins of Hannibal, Annette (Ronnie) Smith, and Angel Elliott of Monroe City.

She was preceded in death by a son, Delbert Ralph Dieker; parents, Delbert and Doloros Elliott; brothers, Patrick, Gary and James T. Elliott; nephews, Eli Curless and Brad Hagan; and great-nieces, Brittany Shinn and Mady St. Clair.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday memorial service will be held in St. Stephen Catholic Church at Indian Creek. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus in Monroe City. Interment will be held at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va., at a later date. The San Antonio Mission, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish, in the Village of Placitas, N.M., was the gathering place for a rosary on Thursday, Sept. 13, and funeral mass on Friday, Sept. 14.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Jackson Memorial at Holy Rosary School Building Fund.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2012
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