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Betty Wathan

Aug 5th, 1926 - Nov 8th, 2017

Funeral:  12 Noon Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  10 a.m. until Noon Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment:  Elmwood Cemetery


   Betty M. Wathan, age 91, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Clay County Hospital in Flora.

   Betty was born August 5, 1926, the daughter of Wayne D. and Maude E. (Blackwell) McVeigh.  She married William A. "Bill" Wathan on May 1, 1949, in Flora, and together they shared 38 years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on November 10, 1987.

   Betty grew up on a dairy farm in Clay County and attended Lincoln School which at that time was a one room school house with the same teacher.  She later went on to graduate from Flora High School.  Betty had several work experiences during her life including working for Dr. Dillman, Dr. Fehrenbacher, and Dr. Webb; she worked at Sears Roebuck in Kankakee and Flora and also at JC Penney; and even sold cars at one time.  Betty did bookkeeping for her husband’s oil field work and in later years was a caregiver to her husband.  She also enjoyed playing cards and was in 2 Pinochle Clubs.  She was raised in the Christian Church, was a past member of North Harter Christian Church, and most recently a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Flora.  It was truly Betty’s hope that people would see Jesus in the life she led.

   She is survived by her son: William Asher Wathan (wife Teresa) of Columbia; daughter-in-law: Cheryl Wathan of Louisville; 4 grandchildren: Jamie Wathan, Michael Wathan, Brandon Wathan, and Nikki (Brian) Vinyard; and 4 great-grandchildren: Austin, Hunter, Natalie, and Gabriella.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son: Andy Wayne Wathan; 2 brothers: Robert and Charles McVeigh; and 4 sisters: Geneva Caldwell, Francis Wilson, Kathryn Vaughan, and Genell McDaniel.

   A funeral service for Betty Wathan will be held 12 Noon Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service time on Saturday.  Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  Memorial donations in Betty’s memory may be given to Clay County Hospital Auxiliary and will be accepted at the funeral home.


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Jennifer J Mislich Brown

November 8th

My deepest sympathy to the family. Betty was a very sweet woman and will be missed by many. Cherish the memories!

John and Judy Lusk

November 9th

So sorry to hear about Betty's passing. She was such a nice lady and she was fun to be with. I didn't know her as well as I would have liked, but I met her through Wanda Belcher who was good friends with Betty. It is sad that both of these lovely ladies are gone now, but I have good memories of them both. Rest in Peace Betty and know that you had good friends in this life.

Sharon & Larry Greenwood

November 9th

Cheryl and Mike, Sorry to hear about Betty's passing. Praying for Gods comfort at this difficult time.

Walter & Barb Cantrell

November 9th

So sorry for your loss. Betty was a very special lady. She will be missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Vernal Roush

November 9th

I was sorry to get this message. I had known Betty for many years and belonged to a club she was in. She was a great friend and helper. Vernal Roush

Christie C

November 9th

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all your good memories outweigh your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

Gary & Lila Williams

November 9th

Sorry for your loss. Cherish the many memories you have together. May you find comfort in the laughter and tears.

Kent and Debbie Jones

November 9th

Just want you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers!!

Brent Schroeder

November 9th

Asher and your Family, So sorry to hear that your Mother passed on. Been many years since I have seen her. She was such a nice lady !!!

Mark & Karen Shehorn

November 9th

Sorry to hear about the passing of Betty. She was a very sweet lady and great friend to the shehorn family. Will miss her sense of humor. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Larry and Sue Kramer

November 9th

Asher and Family, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come as you celebrate your mother's special life! Our memories of her are dear to each of us! Larry and Sue

Cheryl (Kramer) Parmenter

November 10th

I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in thoughts and prayers!

Sammie and Tina Wickiser

November 10th

In thoughts and prayers.

Wanda Eastin

November 13th

Betty and I were neighbors when she lived on her farm west of Flora. It seemed like she was always involved in something and got me involved with her. So many happy days were spent with her and "our" little business. Asher and family: My deepest condolences to you as you mourn the passing of a great lady who goes on to meet her Lord.

Pat ellies

November 10th

So sorry for your loss prayers to your family

Pat ellies

November 10th

So sorry for your loss prayers to your family

Leanna Snell

November 10th

I will miss Betty, but I know that she is with the Lord and with Connie and all that have gone home before !! She truly was a testimony for the Lord . May you know the peace and comfort that only Jesus can supply.

Kurt, Thoom, Katarina and Alex Zech

November 10th

We are so sorry to hear Aunt Betty passed away. She was a great Aunt and I will always remember going to visit her and everyone on the farm! She had a great long life and now she is in a better place. Our heart and prayers go out to all of the Wathan family.

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

November 11th

What an amazing woman .... I am so so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Judy Oakes

November 11th

I used to see Betty around town and we had the most fun conversations! Just laughing about trivial things. She always brought happiness when we visited!

Jean McDaniel & Family

November 11th

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jean McDaniel Scott, Stacey & Jacob Norton

Rusty Courson

November 11th

Sorry to hear about Betty You are in my prayers

Patty Mason

November 12th

Our condolences to the family of Betty. She was a wonderful neighbor when we lived nearby many years ago. She was so kind and sweet. Dave and Patty Mason

Jill Snyder Fehrenbaher

November 12th

What a beautiful lady. She was a classmate and special friend to my mother, Betty Snyder Schroeder. My sincere condolences to your family.

Robin and Sharla Todd

November 12th

So Sorry for Your Loss. ❤️

Linda McDaniel Pool

November 17th

Aunt Betty was always ready with a funny "quip", and I will always remember her for her great sense of humor. Even last summer when we visited, she was still making us laugh! We will all miss her, but she is now free from physical infirmities and I am happy for her! Thank you Lord for Hope!

Bob and Carol Tatman

November 16th

We are sorry for you loss. Betty was such a sweet person. She will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers.

Aunt Kay

November 19th

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. Look back on all the good memories you had and smile. Don't forget when we had to hide the black olives and deviled eggs when all of us got together. My heart and prayers go out to Asher, Michael and the rest of the family. I'm sorry that I will not be able to be there.

Vicki Walker

November 21st

Will miss you terribly but know you are peaceful and no longer suffering at all. Bless you for being a wonderful, loving aunt. Love and blessings to our family.

Mike and Jenny Brewer

November 25th

Heaven gained an angel. Even though you grieve for your loss you can take comfort in knowing that she is pain free. I thought Grandma Betty was a sweet woman and I will always remember how she loved those brown farm eggs.

Tyler Smith

November 28th

I would say 50 years ago now... I remember your mom's homemade pizza at your place on old route 50... you your brother Andy and I ... loved it. our moms and dads played Pinochle and we ate,,,, Tyler



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