The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 12, 2013

Betty Jean (Wright-Simpson) Evans


Betty Jean Evans, 77, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at her home in Kansas City, Mo.

Betty was born on Jan. 5, 1936, in LaCygne, Kan. She lived much of her adult life in Grandview/Kansas City, Mo., living just outside Jasper, Mo. from 1983 to 1994. She retired as an accountant in 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grandview.

Betty was married to James Simpson Jr. from 1951 until 1968. She married Fred Evans on May 24, 1975. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by three children, Betty (Gig) Howard, of Belton, Mo., Deborah (Debbie) Waters, of Kansas City, and Dennis (Denny) Simpson, of Kansas City; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Paradise Cemetery south of Jasper. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m Sunday, April 14, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Richard McCune will officiate.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

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