Betty Jo Blackburn, 77, was born Nov. 24, 1939, to John and Jewell (Morton) Dzurick. She passed away Oct. 15, 2017, in Springfield, Mo.

Betty married Robert Blackburn on May 16, 1959, and they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this past May. They lived on the family farm in Ellis Prairie area most of their married life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, George and Juanita Blackburn; sisters-in-law, Willa Mae Milsap and Jean Seaton and her husband, Leon Seaton; and brothers-in-law, Ed Blackburn, Ronnie Batson and Corky Upshaw.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Blackburn; son, Bobby Blackburn and wife, Suzanne; daughter, Debbie Manier and husband, Mark; son, Jeff Blackburn and wife, Diana; six grandkids; seven great-grandkids; brothers, Gary Dzurick and wife, Cindy, and Terry Dzurick and wife, Debbie; and sisters, Dottie Batson and Sharon Upshaw.

Betty was saved at the age of 17 and rededicated her life to Christ when they joined the Ellis Prairie Baptist Church.

Besides the job of being a farm wife, she worked at several jobs during her lifetime: HD Lee Factory and the Brown Shoe Factory. After Brown Shoe closed, she went to RTC and also worked for Klotz Farm Equipment in Licking. Her last position was at The Bank of Houston. She enjoyed all the customers and always had a special smile and welcome for each one. She made many friends along the way.

Betty loved being outdoors, fishing and spending time with family and friends on the family farm and floating on the Piney River.

She loved her children and grandkids and always found time to be with them.

She will be missed by all her family and friends.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Ellis Prairie Baptist Church with Pastor Kevin White and Pastor Ed “Bronc” Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Ellis Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jason Metzger, Josh Wilson, Ron Adams, Jonathan Dzurick, Chad Dzurick, Mark Harper and Montana Blackburn; Honorary pallbearer is Durwood Harper.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Ellis Prairie Baptist Church or Ellis Prairie Cemetery.

Go to to send an online condolence. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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