Betty Jean Cockburn (Osborn)


Betty Jean Cockburn (Osborn) passed away peacefully on May 23, 2021. 

Born in Kansas City in 1949, she was the first child of Edwin S. and Ruth G. Osborn, and leaves behind her brother, Robert (Bob) Osborn, and sister, Ruth Ann Newby. She is also survived by her daughter Leigh Ann and son-in-law Troy, and twin granddaughters Kelly and Karyn.  Also in her heart, she leaves behind her step-daughter Christy, a niece and three nephews.

Betty retired from Hallmark, where she was affectionately known by many as simply “BC”. She loved Kansas City and enjoyed spending time at Crown Center, exploring First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District, strolling through Union Station, and sampling the cuisine at local eateries.

For over 15 years, she trekked to Arkansas for the War Eagle craft shows to shop till she dropped with four days of crafts, food, and time with both family and friends. Over the years, her inner artisan was inspired and she designed jewelry, collected baskets, and was by no stretch of the imagination the expert on all things leopard print.

She had many experiences including the trip of a lifetime to Japan, a NASCAR ride along at speeds reaching 160 miles per hour at the Texas Motor Speedway, a night at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge with her granddaughters, and an all-night run at the Caribbean Stud Poker table in Las Vegas with her daughter.

By far, her favorite activity was time spent socializing, shopping, and enjoying a good meal with friends. She spoke often about her amazing circle of friends, many of whom she had known since high school.


Betty did not want a funeral, but instead insisted that we remember her as she was in life. Please share your favorite BC story with everyone in the condolences below.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers or cards, go out for the afternoon with mutual friends, grab your favorite drink (hers was the sunset colada from Red Lobster) and celebrate the good times you shared with Betty.


  1. Debbie Wise Swayne on June 13, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Betty was a good friend to my sister Jeri. During their time together at Hallmark and up until her passing. Even though I live 1632 miles away, I had the privilege to meet Betty over several occasions during my visits to see family. Sure certainly will be missed.

  2. Leigh Ann on June 9, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I wanted to thank everyone for all of the comments that have been emailed and texted to me about my mom. It is much appreciated. Also, many of her Hallmark friends have posted on their internal FB pages. Wanted to share of few of those with everyone:

    –Betty was a wonderful person. She was a dedicated Hallmarker, loyal friend, and so intelligent. She went too soon. Prayers to her family. RIP BC.
    –I hope when my time comes someone who knows me will write such a beautiful obituary. I didn’t know her personally but I feel it describes who she was so elegantly. What a beautiful lady.
    –Oh no. I love Betty. I worked with her and her department on a few projects. Sad news.
    –I had the privilege of working with Betty / BC in Hallmark Credit Services. She was an excellent credit rep who was very dedicated to Hallmark and her retailers. I enjoyed Betty, learned from Betty, and will miss her. RIP BC.
    –Such sad news! I appreciated her role in Credit and enjoyed our partnership and friendship over the years. I was fortunate to be on cross functional teams with her. I’ll always have fond memories of her. She will be missed.
    –She was a wonderful woman! Loved her at work and socially in our crown center community. She loved crafting and I will always treasure the holiday wreaths she created for me.

    Leigh Ann and family

  3. Shere Graham on June 6, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    What a fabulous tribute, and so perfectly captures her personality! I am honored to own one of her unique wire necklaces and get so many compliments on it! I will definitely wear leopard print (from my vast collection) and enjoy a Sunset Colada in her honor!

  4. fonda asberry on June 5, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Was so sorry to hear about Betty. I always admired how neat she was. All the craft projects she did turned out perfect. God Bless her.

  5. Debbie (Beard) Anthes on June 4, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I first met Betty when she started school at High Grove Elementary in Grandview. MO. I think we were in second grade. She was so cute with her hair in braids and wearing an adorable dress. We graduated together in the class of 1967.

  6. Dani Batdorf Kimball on June 4, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Oh sweet Betty. May you rest in piece. You will allways be “Ms. Hallmark Hands” to me – we were so proud to know someone who’s hands were on some of the Hallmark marteting!!! I think I’m going to Red Lobster today and ordering that drink and cheering you. You had a great laugh and a witty sense of humor that will be missed. Sending love to your family! CHEERS to you Betty! Memories of you bring a smile to my face!

  7. Frances Evans on June 4, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    To Betty’s Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    I worked with her for years in Credit.

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