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Betty Robertson

Betty Jane Robertson was born the 2nd of March, 1932, the third of seven children born to Jesse and Lucy Barnhart Roach, near Allendale, Missouri. She passed away peacefully at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, on the 22nd of February, 2016.

On June 27, 1949, she was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, James Walker (J.W.) Robertson, in Grant City, Missouri, before a Justice of the Peace, and celebrated 65 years of marriage before J.W.'s death in 2014. To this union, five children were born, Billy Lee, Mary Jane, Wanda Sue, Kenneth Eugene, and James Michael. Their home was always open to the children in the community, and many of these children considered them their adoptive parents.

In the early years of her marriage, Betty stayed home raising her five children. She shared her cooking skills first in her own business when she owned and operated the Redding Café on the town square for two years in the 1960's. After closing the café, she went to work as a seamstress for many years at the Grant City Cap Factory in Grant City, Missouri, and then at O'Bryan Brothers in Bedford, Iowa. When O'Bryan Brothers closed, she kept busy at home as a seamstress and day care provider, but, most importantly, as wife and mom.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She liked to keep busy and had many hobbies that included cooking, sewing, quilting, crafting with J.W., among other things. She especially enjoyed gardening with J.W., and she loved sharing her canned goods and homemade goodies with family, friends and neighbors. What she loved most was spending time with J.W., and seldom was one seen without the other and without a smile on their faces. They truly enjoyed each other's company. Betty and J.W. enjoyed many years of traveling with their children and their children's families to various parts of the country and spent 15 years as winter Texans with many other Ringgold County friends.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were especially dear to her, and they loved spending time with their grandma. Her home was always home to all the children in the community and to her many nieces and nephews, and she will always be remembered as everyone's mom and everyone's friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edna (Roach) Baker; and brothers, Ernest Roach and Loyd Roach.

Survivors include her children, Billy Lee Robertson (Karen) of Nixa Missouri, Mary Jane Jones (Ron) of Clever, Missouri, Wanda Sue Hosfield (Doug) of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Kenneth Eugene Robertson (Debra) of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and James Michael Robertson (Mary Beth) of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jesse Robertson (Melissa), Julie Tommingo (Ross), Eric Jones (Erica), Brandon Jones (Kalyne Lynch), David Hosfield, Cass Hosfield (Annie), Jeff Robertson, Justin Robertson (Kim), Nichole Jensen (Bryan), Brianne Curtis (Chaz), Stephanie Robertson (Hector Martinez); 14 great grandchildren; sister, Marie Campbell (Everett); brothers, Darrell Roach (Kathy) and Harvey Roach (Eldeen). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are being accepted for a gift to the Redding community in her memory.

  • Open Viewing

    February 24, 2016
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Visitation With Family Present

    February 25, 2016
    12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    February 25, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Thursday February 25 2016

    Redding Cemetery

    Redding, IA


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A life well-lived is a life remembered with love.
Someone who meant so much will live on in so many loving memories.

Posted by The Olney Family - Sacramento, CA - Friend   February 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I didn"t know her but wish I had know her. I taught school for 41 and 1/2 years in Worth County. I taught Mary Jane''s husband, Ronnie Jones at the Denver school- in fact all of his siblings except Roger. I see in the obit that Billy and his wife live in Nixa. I"m 85 going on 86. I planted my early garden last Saturday.My husband John, had it ready to plant.
Am sending my condolences to the family.

Posted by Evelyn Groom-Ruby - Nixa, MO   February 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Worked many hrs with Betty at the cap factory, she always came in every day g smiling and visiting with people, Enjoyed her company.

Posted by Beverly Burton - Gentry, MO - Coworker   February 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Had to say I was a neighbor even though now living many miles distant....for this kind, generous and jolly soul was everyone neighbor, in her heart.It was a mighty generous heart and every child was as precious to her as though they were her own, strong maternal instinct that she had, dear lady!!! Thank you , Betty and may your memory live on in those you have touched.

Posted by rebecca miller - Neighbor   February 24, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I would see your Mom during the week when I checked on my Mom. We used to play cards with your Mom and Dad. Was a lot of fun. Everyone in that club has passed away except David and me. Your Dad worked at the county with David for years.

Posted by Shirley Hightshoe - Mt Ayr, IA - Friend   February 23, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I love you and will miss you. Always in my heart, alot of memories made and will always have them.

Posted by Barbara Baker Seidel - Cosmos, MN - Family   February 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Aunt Betty was always sweet and kind to us when we visited. She was a beautiful and wonderful person to be around. She will be deeply missed.

Posted by Carl Roach - Overland Park, KS - Family   February 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

A very great person.

Posted by Marsha roach - Maryville, MO - Family   February 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To the children of J W Robertson and Betty Roach Robertson, my cousins i want to express my condolences for the loss of your mom. She was a very sweet lady and she will definately be missed. RIP Aunt Betty.

Posted by Ella Roach Callahan - Gladstone, MO - Family   February 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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