Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

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Betty Jean Elam

April 16, 1951May 14, 2020

Peoria – Betty Jean “BJ” Elam, 69, of Peoria, passed away at 12:46 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on April 16, 1951 in Peoria, a daughter Leonard O. and Winifred J. (Wood) Lingenfelter. Betty is survived by her three children, Nichole (Travis) Doyle of Bartonville, Lisa (Gareth Davidson) Elam of Morton, and Eric Elam of Washington; four grandchildren, Teagan and Braydan Doyle and Hunter and Wyatt Elam; her father of Peoria; three brothers, Gary (Sandy) Lingenfelter and Larry Lingenfelter, both of Bartonville, and Ralph (Goldie) Lingenfelter of Peoria; one sister, Lola Greer of Peoria; and her long-time companion, Mike Lancaster of East Peoria. She was preceded in death by her mother; twin brother, Billy; sister, Patty Pendley; and sister-in-law, Patricia Lingenfelter.

Betty worked in patient account billing for Methodist Medical Center in Peoria for 40 years, retiring in 2013. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and was known by all as the ‘Candy Lady’.

Betty’s graveside service will be private at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Online condolences may be sent to Betty’s family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.


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Gregory Doyle

May 18, 2020

I didn't know Betty real well, but the times I met her she was always warm and friendly. She was also the Mother of my daughter in law, Nikki. I will miss her.

Julie Teel

May 18, 2020

LISA, my heart is heavy with sadness!!! It is hard to let our loved ones go and be with Jesus! Just know, that she is safe she is happy and she is pain-free and that’s all you could hope for! She would not have left if she did not think that you all are going to be OK! please keep your arms around her memories and she will be with you always!!

Robyn Clark

May 17, 2020

I will miss the phone calls that Betty & I had these last several years. She would always start out the call with "Hi Honey how are you? Even though she was not feeling well, she would always ask how all my family was doing, and she would finish with "be sure to take good care of yourself." I treasure the memories of our friendship through the many years of raising kids and working hard. She was a true blessing in my life. She will be missed.

Carrie Turner (Wood)

May 15, 2020

Rest in Peace cousin BJ, . My condolences to all of you.

Carrie (Wood) Turner


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