Betty C. Hartel

Betty C. Hartel, age 93, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Clay County, Missouri, near Smithville where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1943. She married Donald Hartel later that year on November 14. She was a homemaker who loved to read, sew, paint, and socialize with family and friends. She made countless quilts and painted many landscapes after her family was grown, which now decorate their homes. She enjoyed traveling to her summer lake house that Donald built in Shell Knob with her children and grandkids, making her last trip as recently as July. She was also known for her delicious fried chicken, chocolate meringue pies, and unfiltered opinions. Heaven better look out because if the food isn’t up to her standards, she will be letting the angels know.

Betty joins her husband, Donald, her parents, John and Nova Gwin, and her daughter-in-law, Linda Hartel, in heaven.

She is survived by her seven children, Colleen Kennedy, Lane Hartel, Neil (Melinda) Hartel, Becky (Bill) Babler, Mark (Agnes) Hartel, Jane (Bill) Gardner, and Ruth (Richard) Hubbard; nine grandchildren, Jessica and Elizabeth Hartel, Steven Babler, Tia Hartel, Darcie, Danae, Dayla, Dee, and Nathaniel Hubbard; brother-in-law, Jim (Delores) Hartel; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was a long-time and active member of the Arley United Methodist Church. Visitation will therefore be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Church from 10 to 11 a.m., with funeral services and burial immediately following at 11 a.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Arley United Methodist Church.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.