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Betty S. Kerr

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

Betty S. Kerr, 77 of Curryville died Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 at Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green.  Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday Nov. 12, at the Curryville Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Gamm officiating. Burial was in the Curryville Cemetery. Visitations were Sunday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mudd-Veach funeral home in Bowling Green.

She was born Sept. 11, 1935 in Wellsville,  Montgomery County, the daughter of Robert Wesley and Mary Estelle Kincaid Barton. She was married June 30, 1953 to Irvine Kerr Jr. To this union two children were born, Leroy Wesley and Susan Luann Kerr .

Survivors are: daughter Susan Orf , son Leroy Kerr ; grandsons Nathan Orf and Dustin Kerr;  granddaughters Brittany Orf, all of Bowling Green and Lacey Kerr, one great granddaughter Isabella Maree Kerr  both of New London. One sister Mary Ann Brown and husband Charles of Louisiana; brothers Robert L. Barton and wife Jeannie of Curryville, John L Barton and wife Elizabeth of Center, and William Barton of Tampa, Fla.; Sister in law JoAnn Robinson and husband Ralph of Quincy, Ill., and mother in law Sarah Kerr of Dardenell, Ark.  Nieces: Jeanette Benisek of Westmont, Ill., Audrey Jones of Bowling Green,  Linda Woods of Cedar Hill, Lori Schambach of Middletown, Sonya Childers of Hammond, La., Leslie Meyers of Mexico, Mary Sue Brown of Colo., Annette Barton, and Tina Barton of Fla. Nephews: Robert Brown and wife Mona of Louisiana, Kenneth Brown of Freeburg, Ill., Bob Robinson and wife Belinda, and  Jim Robinson and wife Tia of Hannibal.  25 great nieces and nephews. And 15 great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jr Kerr, her parents, her sisters Willie Mae Barton and Dorothy Lou Nelson.

She lived most of her life in Pike County. She was employed as a garment factory worker for Bobbie Brooks . She then ran a daycare in her home for many years. She was the City of Curryville’s City Collector. She was a member of the Rebecka Lodge. She was a very  active  member of the Curryville Baptist Church. Also taught Sunday School.

She loved her many kids she cared for down through the years,  her church, her Bible, sewing, canning, gardening, embroidering, counted cross stitch, helping others, she was known for her many soft mints she would make for showers, and weddings. She was a very giving and loving person always there to lend a hand or a smile. She left a piece of herself in each and every child she cared for and in each and every person she helped along the way.

Serving as pallbearers are: Bud Jones, Russell Orf, Dustin Kerr, Nathan Orf, Dale Pilliard, and Tim Hunold.  Honorary pallbearers: Charles Hopke, Brittany Orf, Lacey Kerr, Charlie Love, Bruce and Tyler Scherder, Jim and Bob Robinson, Herschel Talley, Isabella Kerr, Bro Richard Dismuke, and Jimmy Dameron

Memorials may be made to the Pike County Home Health and Hospice and the Curryville Baptist Church.