Betty Jo Beaird, 92, of Chillicothe, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Hedrick Medical Center.
Betty Jo was born on September 24, 1928 to parents Cecil and Sarah Dawkins. On March 31, 1950 she married Howard Lyle Beaird in Chillicothe, Missouri.
She worked as a service representative for Southwestern Bell and at Linn County Family Services. Her hobbies included collecting antique dolls, working crossword puzzles, sewing, and listening to talk radio.
Betty Jo was a member of the Wheeling Baptist Church and she belonged to Beta Sigma Phi, the garden club in Wheeling, the New York extension club in Wheeling, and the Red Hat Society. She volunteered with 4-H, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
Betty Jo is survived by her children: Linda Carol Chittum and husband Robert in Willard; William Lyle Beaird of Independence; Nancy Jo Parks and husband John of Chillicothe; six grandchildren: Betsy Noelle Buckley and husband Jamie of Willard; Melissa Carol Heil and husband Stephen of Strafford; Bryan Lee Chittum and wife Angelina of Smithville; Katie Jo Brown and husband Robert of Frisco, TX; Amy Jo Dodd of Chillicothe; John Zachary Parks and wife Emma of Chillicothe; fourteen great-grandchildren: Shelby and husband Cassidy; Rebekah and husband Hayden; Ivy; Cameron; Easton; Elizabeth; Tilman; Alynn; Madely; Benjamin; Breya; Elayna; four great great-grandchildren: Gabriella; Kaulen; Kayleigh; Ethan; Willow Mae (due September); nephew: Robert Beaird and wife Sharon; John David Dawkins and wife Christy; Bernard Russell Dawkins, Jr.; nieces: Pamela Beaird; Amy Sirk; abundant cousins
She was preceded in death by: her parents Cecil and Sarah Dawkins; husband, Howard; brothers: Nolan K. Dawkins and wife Helen; Ray E Dawkins and wife Paddy; Bernard R. Dawkins and wife Helen; Charles I. Dawkins (infant); sister, LaVerna M. McMillan and husband Lewis; nephew Ronald D. Dawkins
Memorials in honor of Betty Jo to be made to Wheeling Cemetery or Wheeling Baptist Church and may be mailed to or left at Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com
Calling hours on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at Heritage Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601.
Burial will be at the Wheeling Cemetery.