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Betty O'Sullivan

Betty Rhea O’Sullivan, age 90, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her home.      Betty was born February 19, 1924 at Dixon, Missouri, one of the two daughters of Frederick and Blanche (Potter) Liesmann.  After graduating from McKinley High School in St. Louis at age 15, Betty attended Harris-Stowe Teachers College.  On July 14, 1940, at Hillsboro, Missouri, she married Thomas Marshall O’Sullivan and they had celebrated 63 years together before his death March 12, 2004.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Helen Deveaux; a stillborn son, James Michael O’Sullivan; two daughters, Peggy Hillman and Patty Riegel; and a great-grandson, Ethan Kelly Hull.      Survivors include three sons, Dan (Linda) O’Sullivan, Tom, Jr. (Maria) O’Sullivan, and Mike (Jennifer) O’Sullivan; two daughters, Betty (Tom) Thieman and Katie (Randy) Day; sons-in-law, Jim (Martha) Hillman and Terry (Karen) Riegel, all of Lamar; two nieces, Karen (Ron) Wegener, Lamar and Sharon (John) Wadley, Sedalia; a nephew, Mike (Kay) O’Sullivan, Lamar; a cousin, Bill O’Brien, Lamar; a special friend and caregiver, Margie Lynn; 24 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.  Betty was looking forward to welcoming her 43rd great-grandchild to the family in December.      A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Betty was a hospitable homemaker who enjoyed hosting gatherings of friends and family.  She shared her talent of needlepoint by making Christmas stockings for every member of her family.  Betty was an avid bridge player, belonging to several bridge groups and also enjoyed the fellowship of her PEO sisters of Chapter EP. She was an active member of Lamar United Methodist Church where she had been involved in United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school.        Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Lamar United Methodist Church with burial in Lake Cemetery.      The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Monday at Daniel Funeral Home.       Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church or L.I.F.E. Foundation in care of the funeral home.
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