Betty Jo Boggs

Betty Jo Boggs, 96, of Columbia, Mo., went to heaven on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Lenoir Woods.

Celebration of life services were Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Lenoir chapel. Burial is at 10:30 a.m. today at Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City.

In lieu of flowers, donation are suggested to LifeSavers Foundation online at or by mail at 561 W. Campbell Road, Suite 101, Richardson, TX 75080, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203, (573) 449-4153. Condolences can be left online at

Betty Jo was born on May 22, 1923 at home near Portland, to David Fred Erwin and Frederika Margarete Weyen. She married Kenneth Beeks Boggs on Oct. 22, 1944, in Arkansas City. They were married for 52 years.

Betty was a survivor. She grew up in a poor farm community in southern Kansas. She lived through the Dust Bowl, the Depression, Word War II, and the Korean War. Betty worked hard as a school teacher in a one-room school, in civil service at the Alexander Airbase during the World War II and as a real estate broker for 30 years. She is a life member of the Million Dollar Club in real estate sales. She was active as a deacon, an elder, and chairman of a reception committee at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Mo.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Vincent, and D. Fred; her parents; husband, Kenneth Boggs; her second husband, Leo Blakley; and a daughter, Deena Rae.

Betty Jo is survived by two daughters, Jody Boggs Mow and Janice Boggs Burnam (Mike); one son, Kevin Boggs (Sue); three grandsons, Kirk Farmer (Libby), Weyen Burnam (Ashley), and Alec Boggs; four granddaughters, Allison Farmer Kingsbury (Rob), Kerri Burnam Jones (Fr. Stephen Jones), Danielle Boggs Davis (Tyler), and Rebecca Boggs Hinman (Shae); 16 great-grandchildren, Clive Farmer, Brecken Farmer, Merritt Farmer, Axel Farmer, Pierce Kingsbury, Preston Kingsbury, Davis Kingsbury, Logan Burnam, Lexi Burnam, Lydia Burnam, Colman Jones, Dwyn Jones, Fisher Jones, Serafina Jones, Kennedy Hinman and Savannah Hinman; two stepdaughters, LeAnn Snavely and Adeana Sallee, and their families.

In addition to her family, Betty Jo was a grandmother, mother, sister and aunt to many who are left to mourn her loss.