Betty Faye Kolthoff, 86, of Viburnum, Missouri, formerly of Taylor, Missouri, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri. Betty was born July 26, 1927, in Shelbina, Missouri, to Lloyd and Leota Garrett MaGruder. Betty was married to Arlo R. Kolthoff on Valentines Day, February 14, 1947, in Hannibal, Missouri. He preceded her in death January 10, 1999.
To this union the couple were parents to Gary Kolthoff of Viburnum, Mo.; Sherry (Tom) Lueth of Chandler, AZ; and Terry Kolthoff of Lenox, IA. Survivors include grandchildren: Kyle and Alex Kolthoff of Lenox, IA; great grandchildren, Quinton and Ayva Kolthoff of Lenox, IA; sister in law, Rosella Kolthoff of Shelbina, MO; a special friend who she called her son, Chad Lambright of Viburnum; nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends, and her special animals Scooby and Miss Kitty. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Wanda Simpson; and brother, William Carl Gaines.
Betty was a graduate of Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1945 and served as class president. After graduation she moved to Quincy, IL and started to work as a secretary for the Quincy Herald Whig. Later, she worked for Peerless Pump and Richards Electric both of Quincy. After her marriage, Betty and Arlo started farming and lived in the Taylor river bottoms for 30 years. During that time she was a Taylor 4-H leader. Betty worked her last 15 years for her sons company, Fourstate Motors of Viburnum, prior to retirement.
She was a member of the South Union Baptist Church where she was active as children’s Sunday school superintendent and teacher for many years and was so proud to be doing God’s work. Mrs. Kolthoff was a wonderful mother, cook, and homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Rev. Terry M. Buster will officiate. Burial will follow at the Maywood Cemetery in Maywood, Mo. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services Friday at the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Union Baptist Church, Maywood, Missouri.
Online condolences: www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com