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Monday, April 5, 2021

Obituary - Betty Jo Cooley

Graveside memorial services for Betty Jo Cooley will be 12 Noon on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555)in Butler. No visitation. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Betty Jo Cooley was born January 29, 1928 in Ballard, Missouri, the daughter of Ethel J. Andrews and Melvin Ray (Jake) Harbert. She passed on to be with her Lord on April 1, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, in the presence of her family. Betty graduated from Butler High School, Butler, Missouri in 1945. She was employed at Commerce Trust Bank Central Surety Insurance in Kansas City before marrying and having five children. Betty later worked for Kansas City Credit Bureau, Internal Revenue Service, Tension Envelope, and J.C. Penney’s.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her two sisters, Rhuama Reynolds and Faye Fisher; as well as her husband, Lawrence David Cooley Sr.; two sons, Randall Ray (Randy) Cooley and Lawrence David Cooley Jr.; her grandson, Gary Lee Cooley; and great-grandson, Levi James Cooley.

Betty is survived by her son, John Jerome Cooley Sr. and wife Carol of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; her daughter, Cynthia Jo Simmons of North Carolina; her daughter Rebecca (Gaye) Morgan and husband Kevin of Independence, Missouri; and 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was a Christian lady and was a member of the Souls Harbour Assembly of God Church in Independence, Missouri for over 45 years. She loved the Lord and served in the women’s ministries group at the church for most of that time. Her family was always a top priority and she made gatherings at her home a place where very special memories were made. There will be special stories for many years to come when the family reminisces about their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is loved by many and will be truly missed.