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January 23, 1919 - May 19, 2019
Betty Cheek of Excelsior Springs, MO, formerly Lawson, MO, passed away on May 19, 2019, at the age of 100 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church, 501 Tiger Drive, Excelsior Springs, MO on Thursday, May 23, with interment in Lawson Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the ceremony. The funeral will be under the direction of Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs.
Betty was born on January 23, 1919, south of Excelsior Springs to Clarence C. Cooper and Ruth Rackliff Cooper. She graduated from Lawson High School in 1936 and attended Central Missouri State Teacher College in Warrensburg and taught at a Clay County Rural School until they were consolidated. She married Ray Lane Cheek on April 26, 1939 and they celebrated over 51 years of marriage before his death in March 17, 1991. They lived on a farm near Lawson where she was instrumental with the farm management.
She was a member of Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church and a member of its women’s organization and had served as Presbyter for the Heart of America Presbytery. She was honored for her participation in Barbee’s JOY Women’s group for making over 100 dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa Project in 2016. She was formerly a 4-H leader for 17 years, teaching many young girls her sewing skills. She served on the Clay County Extension Service Committee and was President of Upper Missouri Presbyterial. She was a member of Alexander Doniphan Chapter of D.A.R., Liberty, MO, for over 65years. She had been active in Gideon Auxiliary International, Liberty Camp; Calico Quilters in Excelsior Springs, and Franklin Friendship Extension Club in Clay County.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray, stillborn daughter Barbara Belle and daughter Bonnie Rae Lewis; sisters Rachel Crowley and Edith George, and brother Calvin Cooper.
She is survived by daughters and their husbands, Lois & H.R Thomas, Elaine & Jim Vassmer, all of Excelsior Springs; son-in-law, Ron Lewis of Lawson; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Lisa) Lewis, Kevin Lewis, Sabrina (Tom) Hunter, Nick (Trisha) Vassmer, Elizabeth Poston, Lucas Vassmer, Tim (Emily) Thomas and Katherine Thomas; 14 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother/sister-in-law, Roy & Shirley Cheek; many nieces, nephews and her best friend since she was 7, Allene Beets of Tucson, AZ, and many other friends.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Music Department of Barbee Memorial.