Betty Jo Simpson

Betty Jo (Stewart) Thomas-Simpson, 85, Lee’s Summit, Mo passed away June 30, 2021.   A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Heartland, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown Mo 64133. A visitation will be held prior to the service and begin at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Brooking Cemetery in Raytown, Mo.  To view the service live online please click here: Betty Simpson Service LIVE.

Betty was born February 27, 1936 to William and Angelina (Lina) Stewart in Carrollton, Missouri. Betty was a retired assembly worker. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, gardening, board games, reading, cooking, and going to the casino. Betty was a proud mother and was always there for her kids.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Simpson. Her daughters Donna Jo Thomas, and Deborah Ann Kunkelman. Sisters: Martha, Frances, Lola, Melba, and Vivian. Brothers: Calvin, David, Robert and James. Grandsons: Ryan Benjamin Thomas and Joshua Adam Kunkelman.

Survivors Include: Sister, Cleta Rinaldo (Archie) of New Jersey. Children: Donald W. Thomas, Perry L. Thomas (Deb), Harry R. Thomas (Bill), Janna M. Harris (Mark), Joseph L. Thomas (Denice). Son in law Kevin Kunkelman. Grandchildren: Jonathan (Torri), Jeffrey (Kaleigh), Whitney, Jillyn (Wesley), Brent (Valerie), Nathan, Joseph and Matthew. Great Grandchildren: Bricesten, Chase, Rian, Brielle, Lane, and Julian. Numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Memorial Contributions can be made to American Cancer Society .

Visits: 5


  1. Ray Howard on July 4, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Aunt Betty was such a character. Her and my mom were so funny together. I am so sorry that she is gone. However, I know that she is enjoying life in heaven with my mom. My prayers are with her family.

  2. Paula Endicott on July 5, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Iam so sorry to hear about Aunt Betty. Iam sure her family will cherish the memories of their mom. Sympathy and hugs to the family.

  3. Natalie Kirkpatrick on July 5, 2021 at 7:53 am

    I’ve long heard stories of Aunt Betty…all told with such great fondness. Hoping these same stories sustain and nourish you in the days to come. Xx

  4. Heather (Endicott) Fisher on July 5, 2021 at 8:21 am

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing. Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  5. Summit Grove Senior Apartments on July 6, 2021 at 8:32 am

    We just wanted to reach out and let you know that you have our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Betty Jo will be missed. We pray for strength and peace as we mourn the loss of a dear friend. God bless.

  6. SUSAN MICHELAKOS on July 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    There are a few people in this lifetime that I naively assumed would always be here. My Aunt Betty was one of those people. Oh, how much I now regret not keeping in contact with her as often as I should have. She was a wonderful Aunt – truly one of a kind. If anyone met her, they would remember her. Her memory will live on. I wonder if there are casinos in heaven… If so, I’m sure Aunt Betty & my Mother are regular customers!? God bless all of us who are feeling her loss.

  7. Denise Howard Pallas on July 7, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Aunt Betty had a smile that would light up a room along with an infectious laugh. I have such found memories of her that I will always cherish. Aunt Betty was always so kind and gracious to me. You never had to guess what she was thinking or what she meant because she told you; I appreciated that about her. She had a strong determination that saw her through many difficulties as well as a fierce love for her family. I pray her children, grandchildren and extended family will be surrounded by God’s peace and love and this most difficult time. Rest in Peace Aunt Betty.

  8. Kym Davis Winchester on July 8, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It is so very clear how much she loved her family. Love and prayers to all.

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