Betty Jean Seward, of Webb City, MO, went home to the Lord on Thursday August 27, 2020 at Webb City Health and Rehab. She was eighty-four.
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Betty was born on October 12, 1935 in Joplin, the daughter of the late Alvin and Roxie (Barnes) Hembree. She has been a lifetime area resident. She married Jack Seward on May 25, 1952 and together they were blessed with four daughters. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She lived a God fearing life and made it her Earthly mission to lead others to Jesus. She had the softest hands, biggest smile, and gave the best hugs! We will miss you more than you will ever know.
Betty worked as a secretary for Joplin Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Talley, and Freeman Hospital with Dr. Bruce Burleigh. She was a longtime member of Southside Baptist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Jack Seward on December 5, 2016; one brother, Lance Hembree; a son-in-law, Charlie Meadows; four brothers-in-law, Charlie Seward, Kenneth Seward and wife Norma; Jessie Riggs, and Jim Kellog; and by two sisters-in-law Charlotte Jones and husband Jerry, and Alice Riggs.
She is survived by four daughters, Joy Lee Taylor and husband Tim, Gaylynn Morris and husband John, Christine Meadows, and Robbie Ann Stroud and husband Dale, all of Webb City, MO; nine grandchildren, Deidra Sluder (Scott), Brent Taylor (Stephanie), James Jordan, Genesis Russell, Kathryn Booher (Jason), Emily O’Donnell (Brett), Cali Woodmansee (Chad), Brad Stroud (Stephanie), and Samantha Wortman (Ike); nineteen great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Erma Hembree, Ruth Ellen Cogbill, Shirley Kellog, and Patsy Jean Passantino and husband, Joe; five brothers-in-law, John Earl Seward and wife Patty, Ron Seward and wife Mary, Rick Seward and wife Peggy, Bill Seward and wife Kathy, and Jack Riggs and wife Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit during regular visiting hours. The family request all who attend to please wear a mask.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.