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Food Culinary 08


Betty Jean (Barton) Rutherford

March 11, 1943 ~ March 8, 2018 (age 74)

            Betty Jean Rutherford, 74, of Louisiana, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Louisiana.

            Mrs. Rutherford was born March 11, 1943 in Middletown, Missouri, a daughter of Olin Clay and Annie Mildred (Dunbar) Barton.

            She was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School.

            On September 24, 1961 in Farber, Missouri, she married Adrain Dale Rutherford.  They shared over 50 years together, before he preceded her in death on April 25, 2010. 

            Betty had lived in Louisiana since 2010.  Prior to that, she had lived in Bowling Green since 1998 and Pike County most of her married life.

            She had worked at NorthEast Correctional Center in Bowling Green as a cook from 1998-2004.  Before that, Betty had been employed at Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville as a cook, for over 20 years, 1978-1998. 

            Betty was a member of the Middletown Baptist Church.

            She was an exceptional cook and her family would tell you that she was the best cook in the whole wide world.  Some of their favorites were her fried chicken, pork chops and without a doubt her homemade pies.  Betty cooked every Sunday meal for her entire family for many years.  More than anything, Betty’s children and grandchildren were her life along with her precious dog, Muffin.

            Betty is survived by her son, Lindell Nathan Rutherford, of New Hartford; daughters, Marcia June Smith and husband, Carl, of Curryville, Monica Sue Renner and husband, Phil, of Louisiana and Robin Gayle McChristian and husband, Paul, of Middletown; ten grandchildren and spouses, Chris and Megan Smith, of O’Fallon, Sarah and Zach Elliott, of Curryville, Shelby Renner, Samantha Renner and Bryan Renner, of Louisiana, Chase McChristian and Olivia McChristian, of Middletown, Jennifer and Adam Shramek, of Charleston, South Carolina and Nathan Rutherford and Justin Rutherford, of Fulton; three great-grandchildren, Quinn Elliott and Cooper Elliott, of Curryville and Owen Smith, of O’Fallon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lindell Clay and Mary Alice Barton, of Middletown and John Edgar and Linda Barton, of Columbia; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie June and Carroll Lemasters, of Middletown; in addition to several nieces, nephews and cousins.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Rutherford; parents, Olin and Annie Barton; brother and sister-in-law, Larry J. and Dorcas Barton and nephew, Vernon Udell Lemasters.

            Visitation was held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Myers Funeral Home in Middletown.

            Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the funeral home.  Scott Lemasters officiated.  Serving as soloist was Letha Ebers.

            Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, Missouri.  Serving as pallbearers were Chase McChristian, Paul Wayne McChristian, Bryan Renner, Phil Renner, Justin Rutherford, Carl Smith and Chris Smith.  Honorary pallbearers were Sarah Elliott, Zach Elliott, Olivia McChristian, Samantha Renner and Shelby Renner.

            Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Heart Association or Pike County Home Health and Hospice c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.