Obituary: Betty L. Tewell, MAY 4, 1926 – MAY 21. 2020

Betty Tewell
Posted: Jun. 5, 2020 9:17 am

Betty L. Tewell, 94, of Hannibal, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal.

Betty was born to Virgil Bailey Burditt and Ethel Goldie Stewart in Monroe City, Mo. on May 4, 1926. She married Charles (Charlie) Tewell on Dec. 11, 1954, and together they shared 61 years of marriage.

She is survived by one daughter, Cindy (Terry) Hammock, of Hannibal; one son, Larry Tewell, of Mexico, Mo.; six grandchildren, Becky (Tony) Spurlin, Matthew Tewell, Charles “Chip” (Danielle) Tewell, Nathan (Gabrielle) Hammock, Sarah (Caleb) Olson and Jacob Hammock; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one sister, Thelma Robinson.

Betty was a woman who worked hard and well in every area of employment. She first worked as a waitress at the Wayside Café. She then went on to work at Motorola, Dr. Galbreath's dentist office, Hedges IGA as a meat cutter, Western Printing as a book binder, TG and Y, and lastly at the Hannibal Courier-Post. Both she and her husband, Charlie, modeled a good work ethic, a trait that is still being taught and passed along to younger family members.

Betty was raised of the Christian faith, and she and Charlie were long-time members of First Christian Church in Hannibal. During their time in the church, they formed deep friendships with other couples, and had regular outings with them throughout the years. Betty had a love for quilting and was a charter member of the Peacemakers Quilt Guild in Hannibal, which was founded in 1992. She spent many hours enjoying the company of the other members while they worked on various quilting projects. She also enjoyed the weekly ritual of meeting other women for coffee on Fridays, where they would catch up the news from the week.

Betty was a woman with a generous heart and a genuine care for people. She kept her home open to all, and was always quick to offer hospitality and a good meal, traits that are shared by her daughter. She took great pride in being a mother, and passed on a legacy of love and sincere devotion to her family. She kept a pantry full of snacks and a refrigerator full of soda, so she would always have a treat for someone who happened to stop by. These treats were especially enjoyed by her grandchildren, who spent many hours at “Grandma Betty's” house. It was one of Betty's greatest joys to invest in the lives of her grandchildren. At almost every sporting event, musicals, or concerts, she would be seen in the crowd, giving support and love to her grandchildren. Betty loved her family and was always quick to provide in any way if she saw a need she could meet.

Graveside funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Monroe City, Mo. Funeral arrangements were directed by the Garner Funeral Home and Chapel in Monroe City, Mo. Online condolences can be made to


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