Betty Jo Mitchell, 88, of Pleasant Hill, was born October 23, 1932, in Harrisonville, Missouri to Charles Fredrick and Una Leona Belle Bunger. She departed this life and entered eternity, Friday, February 26, 2021, at her home surrounded by love and family. She was sung into Heaven listening to Victory in Jesus by Steven Casey.
Betty grew up in Harrisonville where she played basketball all four years of high school. She also spent many hours at the local skating rink. Even after she was married she continued to impress her kids with her twirls and backward skating abilities. She caught the eye of a young Pleasant Hill boy at the Harrisonville bus station and after Betty graduated in May she and Arlen were married June 8, 1950 in the First Baptist Church parsonage in Pleasant Hill.
Betty worked at various part time jobs at several local businesses including the King Lewie Garment Factory, Gerbes Super Market, Staffords Hardware, Grays Hardware, and Colonial Hatchery. Mostly she worked hard at being a great supportive wife and mother. She spent hours refinishing old pieces of furniture and turning them into things of beauty, many of which are still in their home. She sewed clothing and bedding, and upholstered furniture. She could rewire, wallpaper, lay carpet, or most anything else that an old farm house needed. She could walk on stilts, shoot baskets, ride a bike, or just sit down and give you a listening ear if you needed it.
Betty was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church, a past member of the Happy Homemakers, and the Friends Group. Throughout all of her years her first devotion was to the Lord. Whether it was singing in the choir, teaching a Sunday school class, or teaching vacation bible school her faith was shown without question. Her prayer list was a mile long.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Fredrick Mitchell; and one grandson, Logan Gray.
She is survived by her husband, Arlen of the home; two sons, Gary (and Catherine) Mitchell of Osceola and Richard Mitchell of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Susie (and Darrell) Gray of Pleasant Hill; four grandsons, Tracy Mitchell of Odessa, Chris (and Debbie) Mitchell of Winfield, Missouri, Jacob Mitchell and Levi Mitchell both of Pleasant Hill; five great grandchildren, Tristan, Faith, Chloe, Cayden, and Brock; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday March 4, 2021 at the funeral home. Pastor Robert Harnden will officiate. Private burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers are Dennis Bunger, Tracy Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, Jake Mitchell, Levi Mitchell, and Andy Holt. Honorary casket bearers are Lloyd Ross and Junior Ross.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation in memory of Logan Gray and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080