Elder, Betty Katherine

Betty Katherine (Oswald) Elder
Born 11/27/1926 in Rock Port, MO
Died 5/19/2018 in Mound City, MO
Buried 5/23/2018
MOUND CITY, Mo. Betty Katherine (Oswald) Elder, 91, formerly of Fairfax, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Tiffany Heights Care Center, in Mound City.
Betty was born November 27, 1926, in Rock Port, Missouri,the daughter of John and Amanda (Henderson) Oswald. She attended Irish Grove School and graduated from Rock Port High School in 1944.
Betty was united in marriage to James Smith in 1945. They made their home in Fairfax, where they raised four sons: Reed, Michael, Kevin and Jay, on the farm. They later divorced.

She married Carl Elder and they lived in Mound City until his death, when she moved back to Fairfax.
Betty was a member of the Fairfax United Methodist Church. She stayed very active in the community and was employed at Community Hospital and Fairfax R-3 school where she worked as a dietitian and cook. She enjoyed attending her childrens and grandchildrens activities and sports events, and later got to enjoy her great-grandchildrens events.
Preceded her in death were: her parents, John and Amanda Oswald; husband, Carl Elder; her son, Michael; sisters, Jenita McNeal, Jennie Howell, Nancy VanGundy and infant, Margery Oswald; brothers, Lewis, John, James, Maurice, Donald and Robert Oswald.
Her survivors include: son, Reed (Paula) Smith, Fairfax; grandchildren, Daniel (Ginny) Smith, Jacob (fiance, Kristy) Smith Fairfax; great- grandchildren, Oliver, Charlie, Mack, Henry, Scout, Kiera and Dexter; son, Kevin (Denise) Smith, Shelby, North Carolina; grandchildren, Ashley (Gary) Frady, Gastonia, North Carolina, Lindsey Smith, Charlotte, North Carolina, David (Holly), Des Moines, Iowa, Nathan (Ashley) Smith, Lake Charles, Louisiana; great-grandchildren, Payton Frady, Gavin, Cole, Peyton, Katherine Smith; son, Jay (Stephanie) Smith, Fairfax; grandchildren, Marisa (Chris) Hedlund, Fairfax, Matthew (Emily) Smith, Columbia Missouri, Megan (Chris) Torres, St. Louis, Missouri; great- grandchildren, Ian, Natalie, Collin Hedlund, Asa Smith, Amelia, Eliza and Jase Torres.
Memorials: English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, Fairfax, where the family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
Private family interment services will be in the English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax.
Memorials may be given to the Fairfax United Methodist Church.
Arrangements: Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.
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John Oswald
Born 1887
Died 1953