Betty L. Beard, 81, of Boonville, passed away on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at her home.

Betty was born on April 25, 1936 in East Prairie, Missouri to the late Flay and Dovie Lorene (Vellars) Dean.

She graduated from Chandler High School in 1953. Betty attended Bethabara General Baptist Church for many years. She loved collecting angels.

Betty is survived by her husband of 63 years whom she married in 1954, Radie Beard of Boonville; children, Bruce Beard and his wife, Janice of Hatfield; Kathy Market and her husband, Joe of Boonville; Jenny Erwin and her husband, Brian of Boonville; Bobby Beard and his wife, Stacey of Boonville; Karl Beard and his wife, Sarah of DeGonia Springs; grandchildren, Jennifer Gunn (B.J.), Tabitha Beard, Kyle Kendall (Sarah), Sarah Fox (James), Kelsey Erwin (Derek), Keith Erwin (Haylee), Kaylen Beard, Kendall Beard, Kaleb Beard, Ian Beard; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia Riley of Boonville; dog, Lucy Lou; several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at the Koehler Funeral Home in Boonville with Pastor Scott Westerman and Pastor Donald Ashby officiating. Burial was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice in Evansville.

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