Betty Lou Weartherford Benson, age 83, left this earth to be with her Lord and join her friends and family in heaven. She was born at home in Maud, Missouri, to the late Stanley McVay Weatherford and Anna Pauline Griggs Weatherford on March 1, 1930. Betty graduated from Shelbina High School in 1949 and was married to Stephen Henry Benson on September 28, 1949 in Monroe City. Steve preceded her in death on March 28, 1979.
Betty was a homemaker, a fabulous cook, and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. They farmed and raised livestock in the Hassard Community until 1999 when Betty moved to Monroe City. She always had a huge garden. She worked at Craig Clothing for 17 years, the Deluxe Tot Shop and K-Lee Dress Shop and spent many years taking care of others. She was an active member of Lions Club, Booster Club, Hassard Willing Workers, Monroe City Manor Auxiliary, and the United Methodist Women.
Betty joined the United Methodist Church in 1950. Some may remember Betty and Vern Seward as clowns in all of the town parades. Betty was an avid bowler in Monroe City and later in Hannibal. She belonged to the 500 and 600 club and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in Hannibal. Betty loved to fish and play cards and board games with her friends, children, and grandchildren. She seldom missed a St. Louis Cardinal or Missouri Basketball game on television/radio. Betty loved her family and her life revolved around them. While she was able, she rarely missed an event they were participating in. Betty loved people and touched many lives in her years on earth.
Survivors include three children, Paul Dennis (Elaine Norman) Benson of Monroe City, MO, John David (Karen Hays) of Sedalia, MO, Charla Diane (Daniel) Simbro of Monroe City, MO, and one step-daughter, Glenda (John) Tuffield of Englewood, Colorado. Surviving grandchildren include Carrie (Carissa) Benson-Sweigard of St. Louis, Chrissy (Nathan) Hartley of Columbia, Deanna (Tye) Jones of Sedalia, Kim (Christian) Knipp of Wichita, Kansas, Kayla Benson of Sedalia, and John (Lindsay) Benson of Columbia, Kelly (George) Sullivan of Monroe City, Jason (Angel) Simbro of Bethany, MO, Aaron (Elizabeth) Simbro of Belton, Texas, and Jade (Tom) Childes of Des Moines, IA, Dan Tuffield of Englewood, CO and Tom (Melissa) Tuffield of Durango, CO.
Betty was also survived by 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild born on August 15. Other survivors include one sister, Charlotte Weatherford (Martin) Adam of Quincy. Her brother, Bill Weatherford of Shelbina preceded her in death. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty was blessed to have her granddaughter Kelly Sullivan and husband George, and children Kaylee and Elijah, of Monroe City helping to take care of her so she could stay at home at the end of her life. Betty had two special friends that checked on her and spent time visiting her all through her illness, Tony Ketsenburg and Patricia Elliott. She looked forward to their calls and visits every day.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City, MO. Burial will be from the St. Judes Cemetery Monroe City, MO, Pastor Olivia Earlywine will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until time of services at the Garner Funeral Home Monroe City, MO.
Active pallbearers will be Kenny Latimer, John King, Arnold Burditt, Cliff Seward, Rich Seward, and Bill Elliott. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Lorenson, Jerry Botkins, Steve Buckman, Donnie Benson, Danny Benson, Bill Clifton, and Tony Ketsenburg. Memorials have been suggested to the Monroe City Methodist Church or the Monroe City Lions Club. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City. Online Condolences can be made at