Betty J. Metcalf of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of St. James, Missouri was born on June 10, 1936 in High Gate, Missouri to Louis J. and Dovie Reynolds Bullock and passed away on October 3, 2019 at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 23 days.
Betty married Thomas C. Metcalf Jr. on December 18, 2004 at Duluth, Georgia.
Betty was an adventurous person who loved to meet new people, make friends and to travel. She visited her pen pal from Australia and years later traveled to Alaska, Great Britain and France.
She and Tom honeymooned in Yellowstone National Park where they braved -32 degree weather and rode snowmobiles.
In her younger years she explored the countryside on her motorcycle. Whether it was teaching Sunday school, zip lining across a creek, sledding with her kids or playing Mrs. Claus at the community center, no adventure was too big for her. She loved Princess Diana memorabilia and finding interesting items and the best deal at yard sales.
Her favorite job was as a traveling licensed practical nurse with Meramec Home Health Agency. After her nursing career she worked as a parent educator. Before moving to Springfield Tom and Betty were active in the Lord’s work and worshiped at the First Church of God in St. James, Missouri. Love and concern for families led her to create “God’s Special Treasures” (gift baskets for infants in need of essential items). Betty also joined Tom in supporting work of the Gideons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Dovie Bullock; sisters, Ruth Lovelace, Helen Bartle, Alice Duckworth and May Kinsey; and brothers, Edward, Everet, Jack, Leonard and Bob Bullock.
She is survived by husband, Thomas Metcalf Jr. of Springfield, Missouri; sons, Terry Chew of Atlanta, Georgia and Benjamin Davis of Davisville, Missouri; daughters, Trina Davis of Park Hills, Missouri, Susan Blakey and husband Gary of Ozark, Missouri and Reva Davis of Springfield, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Alberta Bullock of Springfield, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jill Amos, Shuria Davis, Caitlin Winkler and husband Brandon, Caleb Davis and Hannah Cochran; four great grandchildren, Parker Amos, Hunter Amos, Mason Winkler and Emersyn Winkler; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the First Church of God in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the First Church of God in St. James with Don Carson, Gary Bartle and Mary Taylor officiating. Music provided by vocalist Dave Robinson and Mitzi Daniels with Judi Bartle at the piano. Pallbearers were Gary Blakey, Caleb Davis, David Bullock, Jeremy Clark and Victor Duckworth and Dennis Shields. Honorary pallbearers were Joyce Collins and Dave Robinson.
Burial was in the St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
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