Betty O. Justus, 93, of Smithville, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, in Morgan Town, W.Va.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at First Christian Church in Smithville. The family will greet friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Private burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Smithville prior to the service. Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Smithville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the church or charity of donor's choice.
Born Dec. 17, 1911, in Napton, she was the daughter of the late James Ernest and Dolly E. Dierking Odell. On Aug. 2, 1944, in Marshall, she married James E. "Jim" Justus, who preceded her in death in 1989. She was raised on the family's farm in Napton and graduated from high school. After marriage, the couple lived in Beloit, Wis., until 1950, when they moved to Smithville. She was a teacher in Hardeman, administrator of the Missouri State Boys' Home in Carrollton, a Girl Scout executive in Beloit, and a third grade teacher in Smithville for over 17 years. From 1950 to 1989 she and her husband farmed west of Smithville. She continued farming after his death until 1994. She was a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church in Napton, Daughters of the American Revolution for 55 years, the University Women's Association and the Alpha Book Club in Smithville for 50 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Joanne J. Clark of Amarillo, Texas, and Judith E. Evans of Swanton, Md.; one son, James O. Justus of Petersburg, Mich.; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Edgar J. Justus; one sister, Helen Odell; one brother, Paul Odell; and one foster brother, Johnny Lynch.