Bette Jean Reel Droke was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Manila, Ark., and passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the home of her daughter in the Coldwater community where she had resided for most of her adult life.
Bette was preceded in death by her spouse of more than 60 years, H.W. "Pete" Droke; one infant son, Teddy Wayne Droke; her parents, Opal Oates Reel and Everett John Reel, and two brothers, Kenneth S. Reel and Everett Reel, Jr.
Bette is survived by one brother, Bob Reel and wife, Neva Dean, of rural Hornersville, Mo.; one daughter, Penny Droke McLarty; a son, Chris Droke and wife, Wilma, of the Coldwater community; a son, Steve Droke and wife, Donna, of Hornersville and a son, Stan Droke and wife, Susan, of Cordova, Tenn. Also surviving Mrs. Droke are grandchildren, Jackie McCormick, of Senath, Mo., Angela and husband, Michael Goldberg, of Memphis, Tenn., James McLarty, of Thule Air Base in Greenland, Jason Droke, Chelsey and husband, Joe Vincent, Mallory and Skyler Droke, all of Hornersville, Dr. Caley and husband, Joshua Spotts, of Jonesboro, Ark., Andy Droke and wife, Jamie, of Memphis and Brad Droke, of New York City, N.Y. The deceased is also survived by some beautiful great-grandchildren, Lauren McCormick and daughter, Jordan, of Kennett, Nathan McLarty, of Peyton, Colo., Sophia Edmonston, of Jonesboro and Claire Vincent, of Hornersville.
Mrs. Droke was an active member of the First Methodist Church of Hornersville. Bette worked in the home and beside her husband, Pete, on the family farm and in later years in the family business, Hornersville Agri. Over the years she was active in many charity drives and in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, serving several years as their neighborhood cookie chairman. She was active in the Methodist Women for many years at Coldwater Chapel and in later years at Hornersville Methodist. Bette also traveled with Pete several times to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., to set up and work a booth representing the cotton industry and promoting the Cotton Producers of Missouri. Bette was perhaps best known throughout the area for the beautiful porcelain dolls that she painted and dressed. Mrs. Droke was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Hornersville Methodist Church in Hornersville with Rev. Jim Pemberton officiating.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.