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Betty Lou Washam

Betty (Hulen) Washam, age 87, of Aurora, Missouri, went home to meet her Lord and Savior at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born at home August 8, 1933, in Hoberg, Missouri, the only child of Abb and Amelia (Steele) Hulen.

Betty graduated from a one room school, Union, in 1946 and from Mt. Vernon High School in 1950. She attended SMS, now Missouri State University until 1952.

On November 8, 1952, she married Donald Washam in Mt. Vernon. She then decided to teach in a one room school while her husband served his time in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Korea until 1954. After he came home, she continued teaching at Sycamore. She also taught at Eureka School, south of Aurora, and Union School in Mt. Vernon. There by completing a “circle” of rural schools. She loved children and they loved her, and she loved teaching. Before she retired in 2000, she had been a teacher’s aide in the Aurora Schools in kindergarten and second grade for over 20 years.

Betty was a member of the Orange Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1960 and had taught in almost every age class, including the adult class until her health failed in 2011.

Betty loved auctions, antiques, and flea marketing. She and her husband had booths in Aurora, Monett, Crane, and Springfield, Missouri. They made many friends in many places and she loved them all. She loved to read, write, and make scrapbooks.

Betty is survived by her husband of 68 years, Don; two sons, Mike, and Mark (Shelley); four grandson’s, Dustin (Aimee), Nathan (Tierany), Samuel and Nicholas (Megan); two granddaughters, Robyn, and Mya and four great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Abb and Amelia and her son, Scott.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, in Aurora. Burial will follow at the Orange Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to Multiple Sclerosis, Orange Cumberland Presbyterian Church, or the Orange Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

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