Betty J. Van Winkle, age 85, of Kahoka, MO, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Betty was born October 28, 1932 in Derrahs, MO, a daughter of Elmer and Viola Marks Spurgeon.

She married Allen R. Kleine and they were the parents of five children: Kay, Karen, Nancy, Keith, and Hank.  They divorced and she later married Lee Van Winkle.  He preceded her in death.

 Survivors include five children: Kay Kelly of Kahoka, MO, Karen Rossiter of San Antonio, TX, Nancy Kleine of Kirksville, MO, and Keith (Michelle) Kleine, and Hank (Sandy) Kleine, all of Kahoka, MO; fourteen grandchildren: Seth (Kami) Holmes of Chlesea, IA, Amanda (Bobby) Foote of Zachary, LA, Chris (Amanda) Holmes of Wever, IA, Ethan Kelly of Kahoka, MO, Carrie (Gary) Moix of Castorville, TX, Kindy (Randy) Bergman, Quinn (T.J.) Sammons, and Matt (Jenny) Palmer all of Kahoka, MO, Nick (Stephanie) Athon of Kirksville, MO, Chayson, Boden, and Grayden Kleine all of Kahoka, MO, Courtney (Matt) Arnold of Alexandria, MO and Ashley Kleine of Canton, MO; sixteen great grandchildren: Alaina and Lily Holmes, Clara Foote, Emma Holmes, Jenna and Madison Bergman, Teghan, Reid and Mason Sammons, Cabell and Mila Palmer, Ellie, Lanie, and Liam Athon, and Hank and Andi Grgurich; one sister, Dorothy Desvaux of Kahoka, MO; two brothers, Carl “Bruiser” (Shirley) Spurgeon of Canton, MO and Billy Dean (Uhlamae) Spurgeon of KS; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers: Calvin, George and Cecil Spurgeon.

Betty attended school at St. Patrick.  She had a full and busy life and worked hard as a single mother raising her five children while running her farm and working various jobs in order to support them.  She was very proud of them and happiest whenever spending time with them and her grandchildren.  She attended every function they were involved in as her time and health would allow.    She was a “cheer leader” for all of them and received the honor of “Fan of the Year” when her granddaughter, Carrie, was coaching at Canton. 

In her life, Betty cooked for several restaurants in Clark, Lewis and Scotland Counties.  She owned the bowling alley in Kahoka for a period of time and then the liquor store.  She was well-known for her cooking and especially her tenderloins and chicken.  She recently taught “Big Ed McAfee” how to fry chicken for his restaurant and made many pies for several restaurants.  She was a Sr. Regent of the Women of the Moose and cooked many meals there and at their tent at the Clark Co. Fair.   She also helped cook many fund raisers at the V. F. W. and was an auxiliary member.

Betty could be described as “fun”, “feisty” and “loving”.  She had an unconditional love that knew no boundaries.  She loved to dance, she loved more than anything being with her family, and she was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  She had attended games at all three of their stadiums and celebrated her 79th birthday on the day the Cardinals won the 2011 World Series.

The most important thing about Betty was her faith.  She loved her pastor, Shawn, and her church home, Peaksville Christian Church.  In Betty’s busy life, she always found time to put her faith in action.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Mrs. Lou Hesse providing words of comfort.  Special music was ‘How Great Thou Art’’ sang by Mrs. Lou Hesse, and recordings “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Go Now in Peace”, and “Yellow Rose of Texas”.

Honorary pallbearers were Craig Kirchner, T. J. Sammons, Amanda Foote, Carrie Moix, Kindy Bergman, Quinn Sammons, Courtney Arnold, Ashley Kleine, and Matt Palmer., and great grandchildren:  Alaina and Lily Holmes, Clara Foote, Emma Holmes, Jenna and Madison Bergman, Teghan, Reid and Mason Sammons, Cabell and Mila Palmer, Hank and Andi Grgurich, and Ellie, Lanie and Liam Athon.

Pallbearers were Seth Holmes, Chris Holmes, Ethan Kelly, Nick Athon, Chayson Kleine, Randy Bergman, Gary Moix and Boden and Grayden Kleine.Betty Van Winkle

Burial was private in the Keokuk National Cemetery

Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after noon on Sunday with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m.

Memorials were suggested to the Peaksville Christian Church of the Clark Co. Nutrition Site.

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