Betty S. Rampley, 76, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Monticello House in Jackson.
One of six children, she was born November 30, 1938, to Othel L. and Mary A. Reed Eakin. She and Raymond L. Rampley were married June 8, 1956, at Garden Ridge General Baptist Church in Bell City, Missouri. They had been married 45 years when Raymond passed away October 29, 2001.
Betty was a 1956 graduate of Bell City High School. She and Raymond farmed many years west of Jackson. She was a devoted wife and mother, and enthusiastically supported her children in all their school and sports endeavors. Betty enjoyed baking, especially homemade bread. She also loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener of flowers and vegatables.
Folks in Jackson may best remember Betty and her friendly smile from her employment at the former Jackson Hosiery Mill, the former Rozier’s and the former Lohman Shoes in uptown Jackson. She was a member of Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Jackson and a former member of First Baptist Church in Jackson. She was previously active in Eastern Star and Job’s Daughters, and volunteered at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.
Loving survivors include four children, Kelly Rampley, Michael Keith (Diane) Rampley, Kevin (Leigh) Rampley all of Fruitland, and Kathy (Tom) Hecht of Jackson; 10 grandchildren, John, Elizabeth Renee, Stephen, Taka, Yoshi, Kramer, Kamden, Ray, Leah, and Heather; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Hailey, Andrew, Jeremiah, Cole, Sarah, Lennon, Eliza; four siblings, Jim A. (Michelle) Eakin of Cape Girardeau, Sandy L. (Bob) Benefield of McClure, Illinois, Kenneth “Max” (Linda) Eakin of Glen Carbon, Illinois, and Terry L. Eakin of St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Emily “Cleo” Burton; a daughter-in-law, Mayumi Rampley; and her parents.
Friends may call Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 4 to 8 PM, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral will be Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 AM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Estes officiating.
Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Shawnee Hills Baptist Church.
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