The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 6, 2013

Betty J. Groff

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Betty Jean Groff, 79, of Russellville, Ark., formerly of Carl Junction died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 29, 1934, at Lancaster, Ill., to Henry Elmer and Effie Mae Mathena York. She attended nursing school right out of high school and worked as a nurses' aide and physical therapist in nursing homes in Illinois and Missouri.  She ministered along side her husband for 62 years in churches in Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Arkansas, and spent her life ministering to others. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Ray Groff; and eight brothers and sisters, Ancil York, Mary York, Howard York, Joy Spond, Hazel Nepote, Edna Mae Weir, Glenn York and Esther Burket.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Ruth Groff, of Branson, Mo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Mike Littlefield, of Russellville and Gloria and Bob Possage, of Chickalah, Ark.; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Evelyn York, of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and Tim Ferguson, of Pelham, Ala., Sharra and Adam Smith, of Branson, Shanna and Toby Roberts, of Charleston, Ark., Shayna and B. J. Crain and Denise and Trevor Bettley, all of Branson and Niki Possage, Bobby Possage and Miranda Possage, all of Chickalah; and eight great-grandchildren, Kindell and Onnalyce Smith, Jessica Joy and Grace Ann Ferguson, Caiden Bettley, Fischer Roberts, and Dominic and Tiara Crain.

The graveside service and burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle, officiated by Dennis Groff and Michael Crites, and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the funeral home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

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