Betty Jean Gowing

July 13, 1935 – February 21, 2010

Betty Jean Gowing , 74 of Richmond, Mo., passed away Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond.

Betty was born on July 13, 1935 in Camden, Mo., to Oscar and Veta (Booth) Yallaly. She was a lifelong resident of Ray County.

She was united in marriage to Sammy L. Gowing on February 28, 1974.

Betty had worked for Bott Radio in Richmond and was a receptionist at Jordan Chiropractic Clinic and in her earlier years she had been a switchboard operator for the telephone company. Betty was a co-owner and operator of the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Betty was a Missouri Licensed Funeral Director and was a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. She was also a member of the Orrick Christian Church and the Orrick Lions Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son that died at birth; sister Roberta Yallaly who died in infancy; sisters, Kathleen Spor and Fern Lillard; a brother, Harold Yallaly; and an infant granddaughter, Mackenzie Gowing in 2002.

Betty is survived by her husband, Sammy Lee Gowing of the home; her children, Vickie White Mackey of Richmond, Mo.; son David White and wife, Julie, of Richmond, Mo.; daughter, Samantha Gowing of Richmond, Mo.; two brothers, Doris Wayne Yallaly of Lexington, Mo., and Ralph Yallaly of Smithville, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Ronnie Bartley, Nathan Bartley and wife, Becky, Landon Bartley and wife, Amber, and Josh Bartley with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dylan White, Hannah White and Teague Johnson; great grandchildren, Cameron Bartley, daughter of Ronnie Bartley, Savannah Bartley and Dylan Bartley, children of Nathan and Becky Bartley, Audryanah Bartley and Alexis Bartley, children of Landon and Amber Bartley.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Gowing chapel. Burial in Riffe Cemetery northwest of Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to the Ray County Memorial Hospital Oncology Department or the Medical Surgical Department.


Betty was one of the most genuinely nice people I ever knew. She was always kind to everyone she was around. She truly showed her faith in her daily life and dealings with people. She was beautiful both inside and out. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Beth Warren

Dear Vickie,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that the love and support of family and friends will help you through this difficult time. We are all thinking of you.

Our deepest thoughts are with Betty’s family and friends. However, please remember the good times that you had with her, nobody can take those away from you.
Our love and best wishes to you all.
Ian & Beverly Jennings (Vickie’s work colleagues)

Our sympathy to all the family. May God’s comfort and love be with you all during the months ahead. May the memories you shared with Betty lift your spirits.
Todd Mahn

My sympathy and prayers to a great family I grew up with and went to school with in Camden.
Andy Cravens

So sorry for your loss. There is peace in knowing your Mom is not in pain anymore. May the void you feel now be eased by good memories of your time together. You shared so much with her being with you during the last part of her life. I will say prayers for you and your family. Take care!
Sherry Skinner

Betty was a remarkable lady. Her warmth and compassion always amazed me, it was genuine, and anyone who knew her was enriched. Condolences to her family.
Jim McBrien

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mother was truly a genuine lady.
John Sommer

We were so sorry to learn of Betty’s death, Sam. I phoned Dorothy Millard last evening and she told me. Our deep sympathy to you and Samantha.
Allene & Morris Luedke

Sam and Samantha,
Both Joe and I are so very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Allene emailed us to let us know. She was indeed a very sweet, loving lady; always a smile on her face. We shall pray for her and for you; you both have a guardian angel watching over you.
Love Judy and Joe Van Trump