Betty Jo Lathrop was born April 30, 1929 to James Murvy & Mildred Combs Wilson in Polk County near Aldrich, Missouri.  Betty passed away November 12, 2018 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. after a short illness.

As a young woman Betty began working at Big Smith Factory in Lamar, Mo. where she proved to be an accomplished seamstress, specializing in zippers.  On November 14, 1951 she married H.C. “Shorty” Lathrop in Bentonville, Arkansas.  While Shorty was in the service, Betty maintained the farm and milked the cows by hand.  She was a full-time homemaker and mother.  She then began a career in the Wal-Mart jewelry department in Lamar until her retirement in 1992.  She took great pride in her garden, canning, home cooked meals, to which anyone who showed up was invited to partake, and her cream pies. Shorty and Betty Jo celebrated their 66th anniversary before his passing in October of 2017.  To this union five children were born.  Some of Betty’s greatest memories were spending time with Friends and Family!

Betty Jo was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Lamar, Mo. and the Naomi Sunday School Class, active in the Sheldon Jolly Senior Citizens and avid supporters and honorees of the Sheldon Picnic.

Betty Jo leaves behind; three sons, Gene (Sandy) Lathrop, Lamar, J.D (Cindy) Lathrop, Nevada, Charles (Angie) Lathrop, Irwin; two daughters, Barbara (David) Thrasher, Lamar, and Kathy (Robert) Clampett, Statesboro, Georgia; grandchildren, Ronnie, Lana, Lance, Skyler, Travis, Kyle, Phil, Brent, Tai, and Donovan; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband Shorty; her parents, two brothers, James & Billy Wilson and a grandson, Donald Gene Lathrop.

A Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Friday, November 16, 2018 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Sheldon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested to Sheldon Cemetery Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#9 RE: Betty Jo LathropDavid Houdeshell 2018-12-05 14:50
To the members of the Lathrop, Thrasher, Clampett, and Banes Families- I want to express my thoughts, condolences, and prayers to you all during your time of loss. So sad that another wonderful member of the Sheldon/Lamar community has passed. Gean, JD, Barb, Charlie, and Kathy- you are all so blessed to have such awesome parents and in return, for Shorty and Betty to have raised some wonderful children. Every time a member of the Lathrop family passes- the community suffers a great loss. Again Shorty and Betty will be united together. What a reunion that will be!
#8 Austin, TXPaul Williamson 2018-11-17 13:31
Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.
#7 Lamar, MoCarolyn Gastel 2018-11-16 16:43
So sorry to hear this. Sincere sympathy to the family.
#6 Midland, TexasThomas L. Harman 2018-11-15 21:29
To the entire Lathrop family,

Mary Ann and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this sad time.

Betty will be missed by all.
#5 Nevada,MoKen & Niki Sisseck 2018-11-15 14:59
So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers... Betty was such a wonderful,sweet lady!
Always loved the chance to visit with her while working together at Wal-Mart.
#4 Lamar, MOTina Felkner 2018-11-15 14:36
Betty was such a joy to work with at Walmart. So sorry for your loss.
#3 Pawhuska OKCathy Bell 2018-11-14 07:01
Sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was a great lady. I enjoyed working with her at Wal-Mart. I still make her recipe for dishpan cookies. Sympathy to your family.
#2 LamarJohn and Marcia Bary 2018-11-13 17:04
Our sincere sympathies to the entire family.
#1 Sheldon, MOSue Lutes Costley 2018-11-12 21:16
It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Betty. She was always such a friendly inspiration. May you find comfort in knowing she is in a better place.

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