Betty Lou Kackley of Bolivar, MO, formerly St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on March 30, 2019, having reached the age of eighty-nine years, one month and thirteen days. Betty was born in Mill Spring, MO, on February 17, 1930, daughter of Damon Glen Ijames and Bertha Eula Ijames nee Bilbrey. On October 11, 1948, she was united in marriage to Edward Kackley, Jr., known to all as Red, and two children came to bless this union.
Betty is survived by her son, Glen Kackley and wife, Sharon, of Springfield, MO; by her daughter, Linda Bay and husband, Dennis, of Bolivar, MO; by one brother, John Ijames and wife, Virginia, of St. Louis, MO; by two sisters, Ann Norman and Glenda Junge, both of St. Louis; by five grandchildren, Mark Bay and wife, Kimberly, of St. Clair, MO, Matthew Bay and wife, Angie, of Florissant, MO, Denise Bay and fiancé, John Smith, of Clarksville, TN, Brian Kackley of Jackson, MS and Barry Kackley and wife, Tiffaney, of Springfield; by five great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Damon and Bertha Ijames; by her husband, Red Kackley, Jr.; by seven brothers, Billy Joe, Maurice, Ira, Bob, Bernie, Barry and Burton Ijames, and by two sisters, Sue Schaedig and Jane Brandon.
Betty was a Christian, believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career she was employed as a shipping supervisor at Western Publishing Company in St. Louis, MO, retiring after thirty years of service. Betty was an outgoing lady with a keen sense of humor. She enjoyed cooking, canning and taking care of her home. She also liked doing embroidery quilt blocks and having them made into quilts for her family that are now regarded as cherished family heirlooms. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.
A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jim Creath officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.