Elizabeth Slaughter Neely, 69, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Betty Ann was born January 15, 1935, in Kennett, Mo., daughter of Rudie and Margaret Blankenship Slaughter. She graduated from Senath School and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia.
She and Dan Neely were married on December 27, 1953, in Senath, Mo. and lived in Columbia, Mo. They moved to Champaign, Ill., in 1957. She was a homemaker and community volunteer thereafter.
She enjoyed and was skilled at several arts and crafts. She was a gourmet cook, seamstress, upholsterer, decorator, knitter, weaver, watercolor artist and gourder. She was also a lay-up artist for a professional journal.
Her community service included girl scout troop leader, tutor for slow readers, and clothing center assistant. She made items and assembled garments for underprivileged children and babies. She edited a newsletter for the county's association for the mentally retarded.
Betty Ann was a faithful member at the Senath Baptist Church for 19 years and then joined the Presbyterian Church. She was a teacher in the Champaign and Urbana, Illinois churches and a deacon and elder in the Urbana Presbyterian Church. She and Dorothea Hunt were noted for the numerous church dinners they planned and prepared in Urbana. She served on several committees at the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau. She especially enjoyed singing good music under the direction of great choir directors at the Urbana and Cape Girardeau churches.
The one time Betty Ann got to lay about on vacation was when she stayed in a cabin on Silver Lake in Michigan for one week. On other vacations she was a tourist. She toured all 50 states and 65 countries on six continents.
Survivors include her husband, Dan; two daughters, Claire Butler and husband, John, of Shoreview, Minn. and Jean Ray and her husband, Garold, of Macomb, Ill.; five grandchildren, Catherine and John Butler and Jessica, Michelle and Allyson Ray; one sister, Margaret Baker, of Cape Girardeau; three brothers, Rudie, of Cape Girardeau, Victor, of Lebanon, Mo. and Allen, of Fulton, Mo.
Her parents and one son, Howard, at age 7, preceded her in death.
Friends may call at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Senath, Mo., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 14. Interment will be in the Senath Cemetery at 9 a.m. the following morning.. Pastor Derrick Combs of the Senath Baptist Church is officiating.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau at 2 p.m. the afternoon of the interment with the Rev. Paul Kabo officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Chateau Girardeau Foundation, 3120 Independence, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63703 or to the Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 477, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702.