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Betsy Frances Elkins Wharton, age 79, of Trenton, Illinois, and formerly of Monticello, Illinois, and Columbia, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, Illinois.

Born November 7, 1940 in Knox County, MO, Betsy was the daughter of the late Russell and Bess, nee Snelling, Elkins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Starr and brother-in-law, Lloyd Starr.

Surviving are her children, Rebecca (Mark) Mesplay of Monticello, IL, David (Shaunery) Wharton of Columbia, MO, and Marcy (Thomas) Buckles of Trenton, IL; and grandchildren, Zachary, Madison, and Kathryn Mesplay, Erin and Sarah Wharton, Evan and Colby Buckles, and Taylor Somers.

Betsy attended Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing in Quincy, IL and retired as a registered nurse from Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO.  She was a member of Monticello United Methodist Church in Monticello, IL, United Methodist Women-Midway Locust Grove and Monticello, Home Extension Club-Piatt County and Clinton County, IL, and the Business and Professional Women-Columbia, MO.  Betsy also was a Kirby Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer, a former 4-H Leader, and the biggest fan of the Hickman Kewpies, Monticello Sages, Wesclin Warriors, Springtown Porcupines, and the Mizzou Tigers.

Funeral Services will be Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Bee Ridge United Methodist Church, 59794 Bishops Ridge Rd, Edina, MO.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. at Bee Ridge United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation-Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Endowed Fund or the Kirby Hospital Auxiliary and will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home, 535 N. 5th, Breese, IL 62230 who is serving the family

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