Betty Meredith

Betty Meredith



Betty Meredith, 93, St. Joseph, Missouri died Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

Betty Meredith was born in 1919 in Green, Kansas.  She and her sister, Faye Schaff, moved to Faucett, Missouri, with their parents, Werner and Marie Habluetzel.  She left their farm to come to the city of St. Joseph where she attended Benton High School.  After graduating at 16, Betty went to work as a clerk at Beaty’s Warehouse.  That was where she met Jack Meredith, a young grocery store manager.  They were married in 1940. While Jack was away in the Pacific during World War II, Betty continued to work while living at the Plaza Penthouse apartments with four other St. Joseph girlfriends.  Her daughters, Susan and Debby were born after the war was over.

Betty’s life was centered around her family, the First Christian Church, and Beaty’s #39 grocery store on 19th and Jules where Jack was manager and she worked part time.  She belonged to two bridge groups, Pyka and Semo, and also volunteered with Meals on Wheels.  In 1955 she began a new activity, golf.  She became involved in the Moila Women’s Golf Association and not only scored two holes-in-one but successfully competed in many tournaments in St. Joseph, Maryville and Kansas City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister; and son-in-law, Rich Hays.

Survivors: daughter, Sue Carrel and husband Leo Gorenstein and  daughter Debby Hays; nieces, Sharon Hawk and Laura Warner; nephews, Mike Schaff and Bob Hastings; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and the many people who considered her a second mom.

Services:  3:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The celebration of her life will be from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Meals on Wheels.  The family would also like to thank the wonderful staff of Carriage Square Assisted Living, Carriage Square Full Care, and Hands of Hope Hospice for their love, compassion, and devotion.

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Messages of Condolence

  1. Anita Saxton Meehan says:

    Dear Sue and Debbie,
    So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I just loved getting to know her at church! She was so much fun, and such a great person! We’ll sure miss her.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Anita Saxton Meehan

  2. Debbie Dolman says:

    Sue and Debby,
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. You both know how much I respected and admired your Mother.
    Betty was a true gem!


  3. Debbie Burnett Nauman says:

    Dear Deb, Sue, Mike and Sharon, and all of your dear family, I loved Betty and immediately smile when I think back about her. What strength, gentleness, and warmth she shared with us all. She had such a very special “glow” about her, she really did. It was a blessing for Deb to be able to care for Betty in her last years with her own sensitivity and insight, knowing how to give her just what she needed during those challenging times.

    John and I hope to see you all at Betty’s celebration tomorrow and also spend some joyful time with Deb very soon. I’m so glad that Betty’s passing happened just before the rejuvenating warmth of spring-time! With heart-felt love and affection, and wishes for peace, “Debbie B.”

  4. Wayne and Romelle says:

    So sorry we aren’t able to be there tomorrow…please know how much your Mom was loved by all who knew her. She had such a special sparkle that lit up the room. It was always a treat to be around her. Your memories will keep her alive forever and you will share her wisdom with all the family.
    Sending our love to all,
    Wayne and Romelle

  5. Pam Moran McCampbell says:

    I remember your mother as a kind woman. I was the little girl who visited her grandparents who lived next door on Gene Field. It was a big outing to get to go to the grocery store on 19th and Jules. Sorry for your loss, but sure that you have many happy memories of your folks. Oh, I remember “Stinky” the dog too. Prayers for your families.

  6. Billie Pumphrey says:

    Sue and Debby’,
    Your Mom truly was one of those “second Moms” ….
    What a fun lady she was.
    My sympathy.

  7. Sue Smith Yenzer says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Betty’s passing. She and Faye were always so much fun at the Habluetzel reunions.

    Prayers and hugs for your family.

    (John Habluetzel’s granddaughter)

  8. Kay Roy says:

    Debby, Sue and family, you know how much I thought of your mother. She was just a delightful person to be with. And, she could do just about anything! I was motivated to try my hand at watercolor because of Betty’s works.

    My thoughts are with you as you go through today and days to come.

  9. Judi Kerr says:

    Sue and Debby,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I loved her so much and have so many great memories of our times together. She and Mama were so close; and what stories Mama used to tell of things they did when young.
    Can you imagine how much fun they are all having together in heaven? What a reunion that must be with Faye, Jack, Mama, Dad, Aunt Fran, Memo and Werner!
    Thinking with you with love.

  10. Berna and Lee Huebner says:

    Dear Sue and Debby,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We loved your mom, her energy and determination and her love for all of you and us.We are lucky to have known her through Leo. We will miss her and are all thinking of you!! With sadness,
    Berna, Lee, Charley, Kai & David.

  11. Kandy Jones says:

    Debbie and Sue, My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Y’all are in my thoughts today and wish you peace in the days ahead. She was an incredible lady that raised two incredible girls that are full of the love she shared with so many.

  12. Dana James says:

    Your mother has left wonderful memories for everyone who knew her and you girls are the reflection of her joyful spirit.

  13. Deborah Knutson says:

    Debby and Family….I did not know your mother, but through your amazing gift of story telling, heard many wonderful tales about the beautiful life she lived. My thoughts are with you each day you mourn her loss and each day you cherish your memories of her.

  14. Rose Wood says:

    I was a pharmacy tech @ the Medicine Center, and Betty was always a delight to talk to. She had a great life. God Bless!

  15. Burton & Jane Stewart says:

    We have known Betty for many years. We enjoyed taking Betty and Faye to dinner whenever we were in town. Mimi extended friendship and kindness to my elderly mother who lived alone and she became “Mimi” to my daughter and granddaughter when they lived in St. Joe. Debby, your mother was truly a very giving person.

  16. Barent Springsted (former resident of SJ) says:

    She and Jack were among the most interesting people in SJ during their time. Sorely missed.

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