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Betty Jo Reed

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Betty Jo Reed, 86, of Towanda, KS, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Visitation prior to service 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 at Towanda United Methodist Church, Towanda, KS. Private burial will follow at Walnut Valley Memorial Park, El Dorado, KS. Betty was born in Wichita, KS on March 19, 1932, to the late Mammie (Mitchell) and Charley Manuel Rickerson. She worked as an office clerk for Benton Grain Elevator and later was an engineering document clerk at Beech Aircraft. Betty was active in the Towanda United Methodist Church, the Towanda Public Library, and the Towanda Senior Center. She enjoyed sewing, was an avid quilter, and was part of a quilting club. Betty loved kids and babysat many children in Towanda. On February 25, 1951 she married Merton Claude Reed in Rose, KS.  He preceded her in death on May 31, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Christie Reed; brother, Ralph "Donald" Rickerson; sister, Eunice "Gwen" Ellsworth; brother, Noel "Jean" Rickerson; brother, Robert "Bob" Leonard Rickerson; sister, Doris Maxine Fouts.  Betty is survived by: daughters, Janet Dyer of Baytown, TX; and Lesa Dixon and husband Mike of Wichita, KS; son, Todd Reed and wife Tracey of Rose Hill, KS; sisters, Barbara June Beck of Chanute, KS; Shirley Ann Herman of Andover, KS, Pauline Faye Poole of Osawatomie, KS; and Sue McAdams of Humbolt, KS; brothers, Russell "Dean" Rickerson, James "Jim" Lee Rickerson; and "Max" Larry Kent Rickerson of Chanute, KS; grandchildren, Vicki Dixon, Eric Dixon, Shelley Wiens, and Jon Reed and wife Hanh; great grandchildren, Jason Towler, and Zoey and Cane Reed. Memorial donations to Towanda United Methodist Church 103 S. 4th St. Towanda, KS 67144, Towanda Senior Center 317 Main Towanda, KS 67144, or Towanda Public Library 620 Highland Towanda, KS 67144..