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Betty Jean Paustian

Betty Jean Paustian age 83 of Knox City, MO, died Friday night, September 27, 2013 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO

Born on December 10, 1929 in Rockport, IL, she was the eldest girl in the family, of Jesse Leo McMullin and Clara Mae Blackledge.  On September 15, 1966 in Rock Island, IL, she was united in marriage to Harold Theodore Paustian and he survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Billie Vocan and her husband, Nick of Lebanon, OR; Jeanne Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA and Rhonda Beckwith and her husband, Tracy of Winfield, KS; a son-in-law, Curtis Holst of New Cumberland, PA; one brother, Ronnie David Paustian of Hannibal, MO; two sisters: Patty Nicosia of Foley, MO and Patty Chase of Basco, IL; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Joy Holst and several brothers and sisters.

At a very young age she moved to Hannibal, MO, where she attended school.  She began working as a prep cook and waitress; during the years she did this many different times.  In 1943, Betty moved to Quincy, IL where she took a job in a shoe factory and worked there until the war ended.  She then moved to Rock Island, IL.  After her marriage she and her husband, Harold resided in California and for the past few years has resided at their present home north of Knox City, MO.

Betty enjoyed traveling and has seen a good portion of the country.  She enjoyed Pennsylvania more than any other place and has a flower garden that was started mostly of plants from Pennsylvania.  Betty also enjoyed reading and caring for her two dogs, a Sheltie and a Pyrenees.  Mrs. Paustian especially loved the time spend with family and friends.

It was her request to be immediately cremated and no services.  Arrangements have been under the direction of Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home of Edina, MO.

Memorials in memory of Betty Jean Paustian may be made to the Knox County Ambulance District and/or the Knox County Fire Department.  The memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.