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Betty Annette Watkins, 67, McLouth, passed away peacefully Friday, June 7, 2013, surrounded by her family at the home of her sister. Betty fought bravely against lung cancer for the past two years.

A celebration of Betty’s life is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Community Revival Church, 2749 Montana Road, Ottawa, Kan. Betty chose cremation and her ashes will be put to rest at the Royal Gorge, Colo., at a later date.

Betty Annette Berckefeldt was born July 9, 1945, in Crabtree Corners, Ark., which has been absorbed by Clinton, Ark. Betty was born in the home of her parents, Eugene and Josephine Haase Berckefeldt, on her paternal grandmother’s family property.

Betty attended Chanute and Altoona-Midway schools and was proud to be a factory worker for many years. Betty had been the manager of the Western Store at BETO Junction during the 1980s. Ill health caused Betty to retire way too soon, but the situation gave her time to spend with her children and now grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Cecil Greenlee; an older infant sister known only as Baby Berckefeldt; and her beloved brother, Roy Berckefeldt.

Betty left behind her sons, Dwain (Dawn) Watkins, Pomona, Kan., and Kevin (Brenda) Watkins, Osage City, Kan.; and a daughter, Rena Watkins, Olathe, Kan.

Betty so much enjoyed her grandchildren, Blake, Randall, Karlie, Danielle, Dylan, Dustin, Kooper, Jacob, Harlee, Jamell and Jamila; as well as her two great-grandsons, Kason and Jamarius.

She also left behind three brothers, Robert Berckefeldt, Independence, Kan., Joseph “Gary” Berckefeldt, Houston, Texas, and Glenn Berckefeldt, Pullman, Wash.; “The Sisters,” Linda (Richard) Chapman, Waverly, Kan., Deborah (Daniel) Kenny, Kansas City, Kan., Lori (Michael) Braun, McLouth, Kan., and Darla Williams, Winfield, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

At Betty’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Jefferson County Service Organization and sent through Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa

KS 66066.

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