Bettie Jo Moore

Bettie Jo Moore, 89, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away October 3, 2013 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.

She was born February 25, 1924 in Ravenwood, Missouri, daughter of Fay and Burnetta Henson. She graduated from Maryville High School in 1942 and from Northwest Missouri State College in 1968. She grew up in Maryville and Ravenwood and spent most of her adult life and raised her family in King City, Missouri.

She was employed with the St. Joseph State Hospital for 25 years as a psychiatric social worker, retiring in 1988. During those years she was instrumental in developing the aftercare component of the mental health continuum and was actively involved in the development of regulations which required nursing homes to provide activities and social programming for residents.

She is survived by her children; Ann (Bob) Howe of King City, David (Debbie) Moore of Story City, Iowa and Sarah McGinley of Gladstone, MO. She is also survived by her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her spouse, Max Moore and one grandchild.

A Celebration of Bettie’s life will be held at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, MO at Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church in King City, Missouri.


  1. Rosayn Curry on January 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I only just found out about Betty when my Christmas card came back. I just want the family to know that she was very special to me. She was my mom’s first cousin but was nearer my age than Eldora’s. Betty was my role model. Aging never affected her wit, her sense of humor or her ability to engage in life. I was turning 80 just as she would have turned 90. I hope can age as gracefully as she did. I will miss her.

  2. karen moore blythe on October 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother. I remember her as a vibrant no holds barred type of person when I was little. she was always someone I wanted to be. You probably don’t remember me. I am izeyl and roy moore’s daughter. think we used to play together in the summer in ravenwood, or you’d be at mammy and pappy’s house.
    just wanted to say how sorry I am for you loss.

  3. Pam McClain Hartmann on October 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I remember the Moore family well and have pleasant memories of our lives together as neighbors and friends on Dewey Avenue. Prayers of peace and comfort to Ann (remember the countless Monopoly games?), David and Sarah. Your mother was a great woman and I wish I was still in the St. Joe area to attend her service.

  4. cindy notbusch on October 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

    much love and prayers to a very sweet lady and dear friend

  5. Marilyn Bowers on October 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I loved her. She was a fantastic person, and I;ll never forget her.

  6. Patrick Handley on October 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Hi Sarah and family,

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She accomplished so much and did such good- I’m sure her legacy of caring will live on.

    Hope you are doing well and holding peace in your heart as you move through these celebrations of her life – one well lived.

    kind regards
    Patrick Handley

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