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Betty Lou Mallett

Betty Mallett Betty Lou Mallett, 82, of Memphis, Missouri, passed away September 30, 2015, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.
Born on June 17, 1933, in Adair County, Missouri, Betty Lou was the daughter of Gordon and Violet (Kirkpatrick) Ingraham.
Betty attended Kirksville High School, graduating with the class of 1951 and Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. During her time at college, Betty had a children’s radio program on the KIRX radio station.
On November 23, 1955, Betty was united in marriage to Edwin Forrest “Bill” Mallett at the First Baptist Church in Kirksville, Missouri, and to this union five children were born.
Betty and Bill spent their married years engaged in family farming. In 1980, Betty attended the Kirksville Area Vocational Technical Center where she attained a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Bill preceded her in death on February 2, 1984. She worked as an LPN at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis for more than twenty years and during that time she was very active in the Missouri State Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, having held many offices and served on the Board of Directors. She was also very active in the local chapter of licensed practical nurses in Kirksville. Betty earned the distinguished honor of being named Missouri L.P.N. of the year.
Betty was active in several organizations having taught Sunday School and Bible School at the Greensburg Baptist Church and served as a WMU director for the Pleasant Grove Baptist Association. She was a founding co-leader of the County Liners 4-H Club, receiving recognition as Knox County 4-H leader of the year. While serving as a member of the Greensburg OES #258, Betty was a District Deputy Grand Matron. She was a member of the Greensburg Baptist Church.
She enjoyed many hobbies. However, Betty realized her greatest enjoyment when she could spend time with friends, and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a caring, compassionate, generous and fun-loving person who was frequently described by her nieces and nephews as the “fun” aunt.
Betty is survived by her five children: Dana Hughes and her husband, Jerry, of Fulton, Missouri; Gary Mallett and his wife, Tammy, of Baring, Missouri; Mari Mallett of Kirksville, Missouri; Mark Mallett and his wife, Linda, of Baring, Missouri and Jay Mallett and his wife, Naomia, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Other survivors include twelve grandchildren: Stephanie (Sam), Steve (Stephanie), R.J. (Sabra), Jerri, Andy, Becca, Curtis (Jenny), Brandi (Andrew), Tony (Hope), James (Hollie), Tad and Cody and fifteen great grandchildren: Hunter, Lane, Timberlin, Payton, William, Carmendy, Jasper, Mason, Lanie, Levi, Carson, Lucas, Jamieson, Addie and Lillie; a half-sister, Lavon Weaver; a half-brother, Billy Ingraham; many friends and other family.
In addition to her husband, Bill, and her parents, Betty was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bill Huffman; a grandson, Timothy John, in infancy; twin great granddaughters, Chloe Grace and Ashli Renee, in infancy and a great grandson, Wyatt Jay.