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Spry, Betty Lou

Spry, Betty Lou

August 17, 1931 — April 12, 2020

Betty Lou (Farris) Spry, 88, passed away April 12, 2020, at her home in Polo, MO, with loved ones at her side.

Betty was born August 17, 1931, in Liberty, MO, the first of eight children of George Farris and LaMarion Bingham Farris. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1949, earning a scholarship and being recruited to play women's professional baseball.

Betty married Lloyd Spry on July 10, 1949, and three children were born to the union. She and Lloyd began their life together as farmers. Following the flood of 1951, Lloyd began working construction in addition to farming, while Betty was a homemaker and tended to farm chores. She was active in PTA, 4-H and FFA for many years.

In the 1960's and 70's, Betty and Lloyd owned and operated the Missouri City Airport, where she earned her private pilot's license while helping Lloyd teach flight school, fuel airplanes and run an aerial crop dusting business. Betty then went on to earn her real estate license and sold properties for several years.

After selling the airport, Betty and Lloyd moved to Polo, MO, and once again engaged in farming until retirement. During retirement, they enjoyed traveling, camping, and attending tractor shows. She was a member of the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Club and spent many years showing tractors and demonstrating how to make rope at the annual tractor show and Living History Days Small Farmers Reunion.

Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by three sisters, Georgia Ann Lawson, Mary Dee Gossett and Virginia McComas; brother, George F. Farris; and infant son, Stephen Russell Spry. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Lloyd, of the home; daughter, Laura Jean Covey and husband Terry of Lawson, MO; son, Lloyd Russell Spry II of Polo, MO; two sisters, Dorothy Lingle and Linda Plummer; brother, Tom Farris; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services and burial in New Hope Cemetery, Liberty. A celebration of Betty's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Club.

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Private graveside services and burial in New Hope Cemetery, Liberty. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Club.

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Lloyd and family, I was saddened to learn of your loss. I know how dear Betty was to you, her family and friends. May you continue to be blessed with the memories of almost 70 years of marriage and with those around you. God bless you!

Gary Cortes

When I think of my aunt Betty I picture her always, always busy working and very focused. Early on it was her on the farm and her garden, then at the airport always busy. But most of the time she would find something to laugh about. I mostly remember she and Lloyd hosting many family gatherings bursting with aunts, uncles and cousins. All the noise! Great memories. Later she got to relax more and I had adult conversations learning of her life and how much she adored her kids and grandkids. She shared a thirst for reading with her sisters and they exchanged many books. She was such an independent and self sufficient woman that her mobility issues the last few years were extremely difficult for her. Her mind wanted get out and do stuff but her body refused. I'm sure she is like a twenty year old now enjoying doing and seeing things we can't imagine. I think of her being reunited with her son, parent, brother and sisters. You are free of that broken body, Betty. You will be greatly missed and always part of my heart. Janet and Kenn Ashcraft

Janet Ashcraft

Very sorry to read of Betty's passing. Loyd to you and all the family we send our deepest sympathy.

Kenneth and Judy George

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