Betty Jo (Crawford) Gentry

July 14, 1932 ~ June 24, 2020 (age 87)

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Betty Gentry, an 87 year old Trenton resident, passed away at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the Baptist Home in Chillicothe, MO

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the First Christian Church of Trenton.  A visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.  Open visitation will be Saturday at the Slater Neal Funeral Home of Trenton.  Betty is to be cremated following the services with inurnment at a later date in the Edinburg Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church and may be left or mailed to the funeral home.  

Betty Jo Gentry was born July 14, 1932 in Trenton to Junyer and Elva (Witten) Crawford.  On November 25, 1948 she was married to Delbert Gentry.  She graduated from Trenton High School with the class of 1950.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Trenton.  In her early years Betty worked at Wright Memorial Hospital and later was a bookkeeper for the Trenary Sand Plant. Mostly, Betty worked as a housewife, mother and grandmother.

Betty loved spending time with and caring for her grandkids.  She played many roles: taxi driver, babysitter, great cook, party hostess, and more.  Halloween was one of her favorite holidays, always dressing up for the kids.

Surviving relatives include her daughters Deanna Gentry of Houston, Tx and Karen (Melvin) Saul of Trenton, brother Newt (Wilma) Crawford of Kearney, Mo and son-in-law Scott Allen of Kansas City, MO. Grandchildren Kari (Ian) Abernathy and Alisha (Jason) Young both of Carlsbad,CA, Eric Allen of Newbury Park, CA, Tiffany (Johnny) Norris of Marshall,MO, Craig (Michelle) McCracken of Sedalia, MO, Jessica (Robb) Bymum of Houston, TX, Emily Boggs and companion Kyle Hickman of Columbia, MO, Kadi (Rod) Gamble of Brimson, MO, Hilary (Adam) Cooksey of Laredo, MO, and Marcia (Tim) Kempton of Trenton.  Step grandchildren George (Connie) Saul of Gaston, OR, Jeff (Jeri) Saul of Trenton, and Jeanna (Woody) Cooper of Hale,MO.  20 great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren, and 5 step great, great grandchildren.

Those preceding her in death include her parents, husband, daughter, Brenda Allen, son, Timothy Gentry, brothers Raymond, Donald, Norman and Ben Crawford, and sisters Huella Oyler and Wilmadean Grace Dean.


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June 28, 2020

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Christian Church
1700 Princeton Road
Trenton, MO 64683

Funeral Service
June 28, 2020

2:00 PM
First Christian Church of Trenton

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