Bette Rea Williams Smith

Bette Rea Williams Smith, of Osceola, MO (formerly of Warrensburg, MO), passed away February 11, 2017 at Cass Regional Medical in Serenity Hospice Care. A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 177 SE 411th RD, Warrensburg, MO She was born September 21, 1944 in Hamilton, MO. She graduated from UCM Warrensburg in May 1993 with BS in Social Work and retired from Pathways Behavioral Healthcare after 20 years of service and touching many lives. She is proceeded in death by both parents Carroll and Grace (Rainwater) Williams, both brothers Vincent and Vernon Williams. Survivors include three sons Kenneth, Keith, and Kent Smith of Warrensburg, MO, daughter Kelly (Kenneth) Shaffer of Osceola, MO, 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, multiple nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews, cousins, and lots of adopted family and friends. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.


  1. Debbie Jersome Holcomb on February 17, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. What a difficult time for you all.

    I have such wonderful memories of fishing and cooking with her.

    Love you all
    Debbie Jerome Holcomb
    LIncoln NE

  2. Jo Anne Norman / Dr Juan Carlos Correa on February 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Kelly and family
    Dr Correa and I extend our condolences to you and your family. It was our pleasure to have assisted your mom with her health care. You are in our thoughts and prayer.
    God bless

  3. Cammy and Ken Marble on February 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

    We are thinking of you all! Ken and I sure remember fun times with all of you when we were all teens. I sure remember Bette’s beet jelly! God bless….Cammy and Ken

  4. Reverend Lynn Williams -Hufft on February 17, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a sweet, loving ,beautiful, and exceptional lady. Your Mother shall be missed by many who loved and admired her. God bless you and all your family.

  5. Esther Burton on March 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    So sorry for you losing your mom, remember all the times shearing sheep with your family, exploring in the woods. Then I got the pleasure of working with her at Pathways. She is much loved and greatly missed.

  6. Warren & Joyce Bisbee on March 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Blessings for the family and friends and R.I.P., Bette Rea. And, thank you, Kelly, for sharing your Mother with many of us through Social Media, these past few years. Here’s a bereavement poem that we have cherished as it provides great comfort for those of us that grieve for our family and friends that have passed on into their eternal life.


    A ship sails and I stand watching until she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says “she is gone”. Gone where? Gone from my sight that is all; she is just as large as when I last saw her. The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says “she is gone”, There are others who are watching her coming and other voices take up a glad shout, “There she comes!”, and that is dying

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