Betty Wales Baker Stephens

Betty Stephens, 90, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away January 24, 2017.

Betty was born March 12, 1926 in New Cambria, Mo., to Plages Morgan and Clara Irene (Cullen) Jones. She graduated from New Cambria High School May 4, 1944. Her first job after graduation was at Mattingley’s in Brookfield, Mo.

On June 7, 1947 she married Irvin F. Baker. After three years they moved to Okmulgee, Okla. In 1957 Irvin’s work took them to Coffeyville, Kans., then in 1961 they moved to Excelsior Springs, Mo. Irvin passed away October 23, 1986.

Betty later married Delbert L. Stephens on July 17, 1992. She also worked at Ben Franklin store at the “Y” and The Children’s World Store in Liberty, Mo., for several years. She was a member of the Washington Extension Club.

She was preceded by her parents; husband, Irvin; brothers, William Marvin Jones and John Morgan Jones; sister, Carol Ann Jones Payne; and infant sisters, Catherine Jane and Patricia Jean Jones.

Survivors include her husband, Delbert of the home; children, Gary Baker of Oak Grove Mo., Debra Carter (Maurice Gene) of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and step-son, Allen Stephens (Becky) of Chillicothe, Mo.; grandchildren, Joe and Michael Baker, Robyn Estes, Clay St. John (Ann), Kelly Florea (Wes), and Megan Dagley (Jared); nine great grandchildren; three step grandchildren, Stephanie Carder (Richard), Chris Lackey (Amy), and Jennifer Waring (Matt); and six step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 at Flack Memorial Chapel, Excelsior Springs, burial to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.

Arrangements are through Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.