The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 10, 2011

Betty J. Stogsdill

The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, MO — Betty J. Stogsdill, age 83, Joplin, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., as a result of injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado. Betty was born April 10, 1928, in Joplin, daughter of the late George Toops and Gertrude Shelton Toops. She graduated from Carl Junction High School, and attended Joplin Junior College before receiving her bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Chicago. She also received a master's degree from Northwestern University, and a second masters from University of Chicago. She was a high school teacher for many years in Chicago. She moved to Joplin in 1994 and was a substitute teacher for the Joplin School District for many years before retiring. She was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin Woman's Club and was active in several Joplin Bridge Clubs. She also loved the arts and theater. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Stogsdill, who died April 30, 2004; sisters, Cora Kope, Ruth Haliday, Alice Marley, and Leatha Tiberghien. Survivors include a sister, Wanetta King and husband David, of Joplin; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Osborne Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. John Swadley officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at