Obituary: Betty Jayne Gray Osborne, 85, of Hannibal

Betty Jayne Gray Osborne
Posted: May. 8, 2019 6:54 pm

Betty Jayne Gray Osborne, 85, of Hannibal, passed away at 8:01 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Lindell Robbins will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services, Saturday at the funeral home.

Betty was born Oct. 23, 1933, in Hannibal, to Robert E. Gray and Alice B. Holman.

Betty was previously married to David Crockett and he survives.

She was later married to John C. Osborne Sr. and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include three children, Carlita D. Crockett of Springfield, Ill., Jorita S. Crockett of Hannibal and John C. Osborne Jr. (Felicia) of Hannibal; one aunt, Mary Helen Coleman, 11 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Betty is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends, including four special friends, Vernie Robbins, Fannie Griffin, Molly Allen and Pamela Morris Walker and her God Sister, Earlene "Chee Chee" Bedford.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, James H. Stacey; one son, Kirk L. Crockett, and an infant son, David Crockett Jr.; one brother, Carl Lee "Killer" Gray; and one grandson, Stacy "Davy" Crockett.

Betty was a graduate of Douglas High School, where she played the cymbals in the band.

Betty was a foster grandparent with the Douglass Community Center for over 26 years. She loved the countless foster grandchildren that she cared for over the years as if they were her own.

Away from work, Betty loved to decorate, whether for a party or the Christmas season, Betty made everything look beautiful.  Dancing, latch hooking and watching her soap opera, "Days of Our Lives" were a few of Betty’s favorites. Betty loved trips to Chicago, Ill., Memphis, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., Springfield, Ill. and Hazelwood. Betty always remembers how special it was the first time she ever flew on an airplane to Germany to visit her daughter, Jorita. Most of all Betty, simply enjoyed her family. She loved being able to watch her children grow up and then her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty was a member of Helping Hand Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Damon Rudd Sr., Mark Rudd Jr., Ryan Hill, Austin Jones, Devin Crockett and Donnie Caldwell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin Smith, Stuart Lee Hood, Ricky Hood, Ty Galmore, Tim Galmore, DaMark Rudd, John Perkins and Harry Perkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Baptist Church.

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