Betty Gaynor

In Loving MemoryGraveside funeral services for Betty Gaynor will be 10:30 AM Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri with Greg Mullinax presiding. There is no visitation. Contributions are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice. Messages and memories for the family may be left at

Betty Jean Gaynor, 84 of Butler, Missouri passed away October 10, 2013 in Butler. She was born November 11, 1928 in Alabama, daughter of Guy Columbus and Lena May (Hill) Coates.

Don and Betty were united in marriage on March 11, 1965 (48 years). They resided in Whittier California before retiring and moving to Appleton City in 2002. They were accompanied by their dog (Avi).

Betty enjoyed working in their own nursery business, growing plants, shrubs and ground cover for retail and wholesale sales. She set a personal record of planting 99 flats (9,900 plants) of red apple ground cover in one day. She enjoyed taking time from work, making a trip to Vegas and playing Keno, going to the beach, getting a suntan, and sitting on a bench and watching people while eating a chocolate lollipop.

She liked to collect one-dollar bills and give them to he children for birthday gifts, one dollar for each year of their birthday.

She enjoyed watching TV and some of her favorite things to watch were tennis, golf and football. She would also watch the news and get upset with the world, we all gave her expert advice, “quit watching the news.” I don’t think she listened though; she would be upset at the world every time we would stop in for a visit.

She took pride in her cooking. Some of our favorites were her fried chicken, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, enchiladas, just to name a few. She was always experimenting with new dishes and deserts. One of her sayings is, “when people cook, they just don’t use enough seasoning”. Salt, pepper, garlic, butter, and McCormick Salt and Spice were some of her favorites. She used to carry a container of Salt and Spice in her purse when they would go out to eat. You know, they never used enough seasoning, so she was always prepared.

She was a loving mother and was loved by all.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bill Coates. She is survived by her husband, Don Gaynor of Appleton City; daughter Sandy Phillips of Butler, Missouri; son Billy Hill of Appleton City/Peculiar, Missouri; stepson Ronnie Gaynor of California; sister Barbara Lundy of Independence, Missouri; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

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2 thoughts on “Betty Gaynor

  1. So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. It has been a long while since I had gotten to visit with her, but she and I always had a good laugh when we saw each other! She was a one of a kind gal! May God wrap his arms of comfort around you all during your time of loss.

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