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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Obituary - Betty Jean Smith

Betty Jean Smith, 91, Adrian, MO, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at her home in Adrian. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, MO with visitation from 12:00-1:00. Burial to follow in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Harmony Mission DAR Leta Wagy Scholarship Fund.

Betty Jean Poague, third child of Leslie and Thelma James Poague was born March 27, 1930, Southeast of Butler, in Lone Oak Township, Bates County, Missouri. Unlike the rest of her family who migrated to Oregon, Betty has spent her entire life in Bates County except for two years when she lived in Vernon County, near Nevada, MO. On February 12, 1948, she married the love of her life, Loren Earl Smith of Adrian, MO. They lived with his grandfather, Oscar Askew, for one year. During this time, Betty attended a School of Cosmetology in Kansas City after which she and her mother-in-in-law opened Smith’s Beauty Shoppe on Main Street in Adrian. Loren and Betty lived over the shop for about a year. In 1950, they purchased the home place located near Burdette, MO, which had been in Loren’s family since 1898 and adjoined the farm where Loren had spent a good portion of his growing up years. Betty and Loren lived there together for 56 years until Loren’s passing in 2004. Betty remained at the home until the moment of her death.

For most of Betty’s life, she remained at home raising the family and helping to keep everything running on the farm. Even though she never opened back up her Beauty Shop, she did a lot of hair cutting, perms and styling in her Kitchen. This helped a little with finances and allowed her to stay at home with the children. There were various times she would work part time in town, but always managed to be home by the time the children arrived from school. After her youngest child graduated high school in 1982, she was employed at the Bates County Courthouse, remaining there the next sixteen years. Betty enjoyed sewing and made most of her daughters’ clothes as they were growing up. Among her many hobbies, she has enjoyed making quilts, all kinds of needle work, oil painting, genealogy, riding horses, bowling, and working on the computer. Some of the high points in her life were the birth of four healthy children, twelve grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Having them all come home on holidays and other special occasions brought great joy. Vacation times with the family and traveling had created many wonderful memories over the years and she always looked forward to the next family reunion or vacation. She enjoyed spending time with her friends through various organizations such as Daughters of the American Revolution, McNeil Women’s Club, and the Friday Bowlers.

Betty gave her life to the Lord at age 14 and was baptized in Walnut Creek at Foster, MO. Throughout her married life, she served in the Burdette Baptist Church teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and was Church Treasurer for about 30 years. For the last several years, she has attended the Adrian Baptist Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband (Loren Smith), both parents (Leslie and Thelma Poague), three brothers (Lewis, Harold, and Willie Poague), one sister (Wanda Newport), and grandson (Daniel Patterson). She is survived by her children, Gary Smith & wife Treva of Adrian, Mo, Steve Smith and wife Teresa of Adrian, Mo, Lorraina and husband Mark of Cody, Wy, and Dianne Patterson and husband Joe of Adrian, Mo, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, three sisters (Alice Fritter of Richards, Mo, Wanetta Dryer Grants Pass, Or, Viola Kinman, Medford, Or) and many nieces and nephews.