Betty Jane Bennett

Betty Jane Bennett, 75, daughter of Lyle and Effie (Gross) Deck, was born Oct. 20, 1934, in the Flowers Community. Her grandmother was Fanny Flowers Deck.

Betty came into the world in a modest country home on the banks of a clear Ozark stream called Rocky Branch. Just across the Branch was the Rock Branch School and Rocky Branch Baptist Church. In the mid 1940s, Betty gave her heart and soul to Jesus Christ. Shortly after, Betty was baptized in a water baptism in the Big Piney River.

Betty’s soul came from the throne of God to take up an abode of flesh and to be tested and proven as a daughter of God. On March 2, 2010, her soul returned to the Father whom gave it while at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Betty attended school in Springfield, Mo., Green Hill near Simmons and Houston High School, where she met Dale Bennett in 1949. Betty fell in love and married Dale on July 27, 1952. To this union was born a son, Bobby Dale Bennett, and a daughter, Tinya Adkison.

Betty was a devoted wife and mother. She worked at Brown Shoe Factory, where Dale also worked in order to provide an education for their children. Betty was a very talented artist, crafter, home decorator and rock mason like her father.

After leaving the Brown Shoe Factory, Dale and Betty moved to West Plains, Mo., where Dale built many beautiful homes. Nearing retirement, they purchased a piece of land on their beloved Rocky Branch and together they built an A-Frame home. Betty designed the home, did the masonry rock work and home decorating. They eventually retired and got to enjoy this beautiful home on Betty’s cherished Rocky Branch and the waterfalls of it running behind their house.

Time or space does not permit of us to tell you of Betty’s many talents and accomplishments. Such as, being a wonderful cook and an angel of love and comfort to the sick and dying. Betty’s favorite flower is the red rose and her favorite song was “There Is A River.”

In 1978, Betty was re-baptized in water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 and joyously rededicated her life to Christ at the Full Gospel Church of Thayer, Mo. Betty attended many Full Gospel Churches from the Missouri River to Thayer, Mo. She last attended Providence Freewill Baptist Church, north of Cabool, on Highway PP, at which her son-in-law, Dennis Adkison, pastors with her daughter, Tinya.

Betty leaves this world to be later reunited with her husband, Dale; one daughter, Tinya, who is married to Dennis Adkison of Cabool, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jewelia Stark of Evansville, Craig Coen of Sedalia, Mo., Chad “Stumpy” Coen of Cabool, Mo., Brian Bennett of Springfield, Mo., and Jonathan Bennett of Cabool, Mo.; five great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Ann Willis of Cedar Creek, Mo., Linda Durham of St. Louis, Sue Silveus of Houston, Mo., and Diane Clark of Rogersville, Mo.; and one brother, Jimmy Deck of Las Vegas, Nev.

Betty was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Dale Bennett; three brothers, Bobby, Russel and Little Johny; one sister, Francis Kay Stokes; and parents, Lyle and Effie Deck.

Dale and Betty’s son Bobby’s ashes will be buried cradled in her arm alongside her heart. Both Betty and Bobby Dale left this world due to cancer within nine days of two years apart.

Betty will be greatly missed and remembered by family and friends.

Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at Evans Funeral Home. Pastor Dennis Adkison and Pastor Joe Williams officiated. Burial was in the Wolford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Wolford Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

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