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Betty Jane Boyer Lakin

Betty Lakin Pic of Columbia, MO died of colon cancer Saturday, March 7, 2015 surrounded by her family at home in rural Boone County. She was 73 years old.

Betty Jane Boyer was born December 26, 1941, in the front bedroom of the Boyer family farm house near Gorin, Missouri. She was the daughter of Wallace and Lucille Jackson Boyer. Along with her two older brothers, she attended grade school and high school in Gorin, where her mother was a long-time teacher. Betty attended the University of Missouri and later, the IBM School in Kansas City.

Betty began her first career at MFA Oil Company in 1960 where she met her husband Dean Lakin. They were married in 1962. She began her second career at Stephens College in 1981, where she retired after 25 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dean, their two children, Kimberly Mize (Geoffrey) of Charlotte, NC and Philip Lakin (Johnna) of Rocheport, MO, and one grandchild, Oliver Mize. Also surviving are her two brothers, Keith Boyer (Ruth Ann) of Burlington, IA and Ronnie Boyer (Judy) of Arbela, MO, her uncle, Holly Boyer, of Granger, MO and eight nieces and nephews.

Active in numerous organizations, Betty was a long-time member of Broadway Christian Church, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Beta Sigma Phi and PEO. She was also a devoted volunteer for her children’s schools and their passions, spending countless hours organizing Fairview Elementary chili suppers and 4-H activities throughout Missouri. She counted her nieces, nephews and their spouses as her own children, especially those who needed her help with their laundry while students at Mizzou and Stephens.

Betty’s great love for her family, neighbors, church friends, Stephens College students and colleagues were her life’s passion. At Stephens, she was known for her well-stocked candy dish and ample supply of advice for decades of undergraduates. She was an incredible baker and enjoyed sharing hand-written recipes with friends far and wide. She never lost touch with her Scotland County roots and remained close with her childhood friends and extended cousins. An incredible grandmother, “Mimi” often flew across the country to spend time reading with Oliver.

In her honor, memorial contributions to support the Betty Boyer Lakin Scholarship at Stephens College (attn: Shannon Walls, 1200 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215) or the Gorin Christian Church, (attn: Tammy Weidenbenner, 317 N. Lincoln St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.) Online condolences may be shared with the family by logging on to Payne’s website at

A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 10, at 10:00 AM at Memorial Funeral Home at Columbia, MO.
Graveside services were held at the Gorin Cemetery Wednesday morning, March 11, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Jim Campbell officiating.
Pallbearers were Keith Boyer, Ronnie Boyer, Brad Boyer, Kent Boyer. Charlie Boyer and Kenny Clatt.
Local Arrangements were entrusted to the care ot the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.