JOPLIN, MO —
Bette Jo Gehrs, age 84, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital.
Born July 6, 1927, in Springfield, Mo., she was the only child of Mike McGuire and Zoa Scrivner McGuire. After graduating from Springfield Senior High School, she attended Drury College Nursing program and worked at the former Springfield Memorial Hospital.
On Dec. 30, 1947, Bette married William L. (Bud) Gehrs Jr. in Springfield, and then moved to Joplin, and began to build their live together. He survives.
Beginning in 1964, she and her husband built and operated the Ambassador Apartments in Joplin, which she managed for many years. In 1984, along with her husband, they developed and operated the BBG Corporation, where she served as secretary-treasurer. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and B.B.B. Dinner Club.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Rebecca Koziel, of Columbia, S.C., Debrah Artinger, of Galena, Kan., and Jeannine Goodrich, of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Abbey Metzinger, of Tulsa, Okla., Brad Windle, of Joplin, Nick Jones, serving in the U.S. Navy, Celina Jones, serving in the U.S. Air Force and Rachael Goodrich, of Lawrence, Kan.; four great-grandchildren; and additional special family members including Justin Yancer, of Tulsa.
Respected and loved by all, Bette had an effervescence about her that made the newest acquaintances feel like a welcome new friend. The life of Bette can be described in one word- beautiful.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. The family is hosting a celebration of life reception at their home, at 1324 Fairmont Drive, Joplin, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Joplin Humane Society are encouraged.
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