The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 18, 2013

Betty V. Parrack

LAMAR, Mo. — Betty Virginia (Neese) Parrack, 88, Lamar, Mo., passed away Dec. 15, 2013, at Barton County Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Betty was born Jan. 12, 1925, at Springfield, Mo., and was the oldest daughter of Russell Floyd and Lucy Fae (Hinshaw) Neese. She graduated from Willard High School in 1943, and attended Draughn Business College. She worked at Heers in Downtown Springfield in the 1940s, at Erwin's Grocery Store, Corner Card and Gift Shop, Walters' Studio and Sears in Lamar. She was a member of the Powdre Puff Bowling League for a number of years. She loved to read, crochet afghans for family members and was always asked to bring the pies to family gatherings.

She married Norman (Johnny) Parrack on March 24, 1949 in Springfield.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane (husband Mike) Sharits, Carthage; a son, Jay Parrack, Lamar; two grandsons, Ryan Long, Kansas City, Mo., and Brady (wife Haden) Long, Springfield; two granddaughters, Devon Sharits, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Taylor Sharits, Springfield; and two great-granddaughters, Edyn Jayne Rivas and Elliot Anderson Long, both of Springfield; three sisters, Mary Head, Springfield, Norma Jean Chapman, Oconomowoc, Wis., and Barbara Blackwell, Springfield; one brother-in-law, Gaylord Parrack, Mobile, Ala.; as well as several nieces, nephews and very close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman (October 1988); sister, Catherine Henry; four brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; three nephews; and one niece.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. and funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Barton County Library in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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