A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the Ball Church of Christ in Dora, Missouri, with burial in the Ball Cemetery.
Betty was born in Dora, Missouri on March 6, 1935 to Clifford Russell and Dorothy (Howard) Russell. She graduated from Bakersfield High School. In the summer of 1952 she was joined in marriage with her late husband, Henry on June 7th. Their union was blessed with two children, Bruce and Sheila. Betty was employed at Western Electric/AT&T for over 25 years. She was very involved with the Telephone Pioneers, in which she was in charge of fundraising for the group, for over 20 years. Betty managed and bought for the company store in the Lee’s Summit facility, as well as many other events throughout the years, raising money for the Pioneers to help the local under served community.
In life Betty and Henry enjoyed traveling. Having been to all 50 states, they ventured out into the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe. After retirement they bought an RV, traveling in that for part of the year and eventually they found a place in Florida to buy and settle down in the winter months, giving up life on the road. She especially enjoyed their winters in Florida and attending music venues as Henry was an avid guitar player.
Betty was preceded in life by her loving husband of over sixty-four years, Henry J. Smith; her twelve year old son, Bruce Wayne Smith; and parents, Clifford and Dorothy Russell.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Sheila Smith; brother C. Eldon Russell; and one niece, Brenda Frealy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 W. 75th Street #4126, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208.
Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278