Edwards Funeral Home


Betty Jo Wery

March 7, 1928January 10, 2021

Betty Jo Wery, 92 of Fort Smith, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was born on March 7, 1928 in Fort Smith to the late John and Hazel Bonds. Betty was a retired teacher for Hobson Pre-School. She was a lifetime member of Central Presbyterian Church and was also a member of the St. Edward Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Wery a brother, John Bonds and a sister-in-law, Mary Noel Bonds. There will be a private family graveside service at Roselawn Cemetery, arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. She is survived by a daughter, Sally Tabor and her husband Ronnie, of Fort Smith; a son, Rick Wery and his wife Gayla, of Vancleave, MS; two grandchildren, Heather Poole and her husband Jeff, of Gulf Shores, AL and Eric Tabor and his wife Yvette, of Coweta, OK; three great grandchildren, Jaden Poole, Kieren and Gage Tabor. Memorial Contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 2901 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901.


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Kim Craig

January 15, 2021

Dear Rick, Sally and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Betty Jo's passing. I am so happy for our time at Central Presbyterian where my family got to know her. She was always so sweet and welcoming every Sunday and loved on my kiddos. May your memories comfort you.

Betsy Farris

January 14, 2021

Dear Sally, Rick and Family,
David and I were so saddened to learn of your sweet mother's passing. I know her last years have been difficult. I remember all the fun times we had when we were younger. She was such a sweet lovely person. I was blessed to know and spend with both of your parents . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lane Shipley

January 14, 2021

I have so many fond memories of working at Hobson with Betty Jo.
She was always so kind to the children,never seemed impatient with them or frustrated. One of my fondest memories in when I needed a sub early one morning(when I was working in a different class) so I could take my son to the doctor and she came so willingly and kindly, I didn’t even have to beg! Made things so much easier on this mom with a sick child.
Betty Jo was a joy to work with and we remained friends after we both retired from teaching. I would see her at Brookdale and then briefly at Methodist but she didn’t remember me. I however will remember her and her sweet and kind nature. May she Rest In Peace, now in heaven with Floyd and her best friend WilmaMcCauley.

Larry/Margaret Schiffner

January 14, 2021

Margaret and I are so sorry for your loss!


Mary Kay Henson

January 14, 2021

Betty Jo and I graduated high school together and were good friends. She was always so pleasant and fun. We were also friends after marriage. We remained friends, but just didn’t see one another. Our class is so few in number with four or five remaining in Fort Smith. I know you will miss your sweet mother. M K Henson

Phyllis Oplinger

January 14, 2021

Sally and Rick,
Very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I’m glad to have called her a good neighbor of my folks. A hug for you both from across the miles.

Phyllis Oplinger (Agler)

Mary Winford-Reddick

January 13, 2021

Mrs. Wery as I called her , was the mother of my high school sweetheart, her son, Ricky. She always had a smile on her face and was very kind to me. I send my deepest sympathy to you, Ricky, and your sister, Sally. Your mother will be missed by many. Mary Reddick ( Winford).

David Coots

January 13, 2021

What a sweet Lady so many memories over the past 50 years. She touched so many lives and my family was blessed to be part of them!!!