Betty Sue Parker, 80, of Winfield, Missouri, passed away April 3 at 1:30 p.m. in her home, with her daughter at her side. Betty was born in Daviess County, near Elnora, on April 22, 1936.
At age 9, she and her four siblings were separated and placed in a foster home. She graduated from Elnora high school in 1954. Betty joined the U. S. Army in August 1955, trained at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and was based at Fort Hood, Texas. Betty met her husband in the service and they moved to Wallingford, Connecticut, after serving their country. In 1971 Betty her husband and two children moved to Branson, Missouri, and had a small working farm. Betty made jelly and pies from her fruit trees, canned and froze vegetables from her garden. She raised cattle for the meat. She pasteurized the milk from the cows and skimmed the cream from the milk and made butter, along with homemade bread. During her free time, she enjoyed playing her guitar and singing. She earned her accounting degree and worked for H & R Block doing taxes for people and eventually had her own business.
Betty is survived by her sister, Justine Jeffries; brother Dexter Emmons; daughter Justine Gifford; a son; grandsons Jerry and his wife Marti Gifford, Jeff Gifford, AJ and his wife Katie Parker; four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. Betty is preceded in death by her brother, Larry Emmons; and her sister, Barbara Brown.
Published on April 10, 2017