Betty Lou Kenney

Monday, January 26, 2015

Betty Kenney, 87, of Purdy, passed away on Saturday evening, Jan. 24, at Cassville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cassville, following several months of declining health.

Betty was born on Oct. 19, 1927, in rural Purdy, daughter of the late Carman and Inez (Prier) Nickle. Betty graduated from Purdy High School with the Class of 1945. She then attended Southwest Baptist University and later received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Drury University. Betty had a great love for music, especially the piano. She taught piano lessons from her home for many years. She started her twenty-six and a half year teaching career at Seligman as music teacher. The next 23 years, she taught elementary education at Purdy, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Missouri State Teacher's Association. Betty was a faithful servant of the Lord and had worshiped and played piano at First Baptist Church of Purdy. She also enjoyed sewing and crocheting.

On June 11, 1948, in Springfield, Betty Nickle and Bill Kenney were united in marriage. To this union, two children were born. Betty and Bill were blessed with over sixty-six years of wonderful memories.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Kenney, of the home; one son, Mike Kenney, and wife Kim, of Cassville; one daughter, Melody Paige, and husband Tim, of Aurora; one sister, Martha Gipson, and husband Stephen, of Ozark; two grandchildren, Darren Kenney, and wife Cassie, of Oronogo; and Carmen Hill, and husband Travis, of St. Charles; and two great-grandchildren, Wesley and Jacob Kenney, of Oronogo.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kenney will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Dr. Bill Banks will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until service time on Wednesday. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to Hospice Compassus in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

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