Betty Lou Looney was born to the union of Jerry and Dora Janie Lee Edwards Looney on October 25, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska. Her family later moved to Kansas City, Kansas where she remained until her homegoing.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, her adoptive mother Pinkie E. C. Brown; sisters, Barbara L. Smith; Leola Rather; Lola Longmire; Cathy M. Gardner; R. Annabelle Basey and Eunice Nickens; brother, Cleo Miller.
Betty graduated from Sumner High School in 1961. She began working at KU Medical Center in 1961 as a Dietary Technician and retired as a Dietary Supervisor in 1996.
She loved children and became all of her nieces and nephews personal jungle gym. Everyone had their turn at climbing all over her and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
Betty love to fish, play her hand-held games, play dominoes, and doing yardwork. Sandwiches were her specialty in the kitchen, if you didn’t get to taste one you surely missed a treat! She rarely met a stranger. Her warm and beautiful smile made all who came in contact with her feel truly loved.
She gave her life to Christ and united with the Eighth Street Baptist Church, where she served as an Usher faithfully. She later united with Peace and Fellowship Community Church on May 4, 2003 and was a Charter Member. She served as the financial secretary, a trustee, and was the president of the Usher Board for a number of years. Servant of the Lord was truly her name. Betty helped all of her sisters, raise their children. She even assumed the role of caregiver for both of her mothers, as well.
She leaves to cherish her memories sister, Willetta Easley; brother, Prentis Bowles; nephew, William Smith Jr. (Gwendolyn); nieces, Sandra Brown (Leon); Sharon Burrell (Johnny); Cheryl Greer; Regina Taffe (Ken Sr.); Linda Richardson (Maurice); Jerri Baker (Al); Betty Jean Powell; Helen Davis (J. D.) and Leslie Preston (Beryl); friend, Arthuryne “Kookie” Hunter; a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends both in and out of town.
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