Betty L. Allen Alloway

September 13, 1921January 11, 2011

Betty L. Alloway (nee Allen) of Kansas City, MO died Tuesday, January 11, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Curtis H. Alloway and three children: Patricia Clement and husband, Ron of Pittsburg, KS; Lee Alloway and wife, Jan Hawn of Falls Church, VA; and Gordon Alloway and wife, Cyd of Overland Park, KS. She is preceded in death by one son, Wade S. Alloway and by her sister Ann Allen Lea. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Betty was born on August 13, 1921 in Wichita, Kansas, to H. Stanley and Gladys (Ragland) Allen. She is a graduate of Stephens College and the University of Kansas, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. An avid athlete, Betty earned several varsity letters at KU. She also held masters degrees in library science and educational technology from the University of Hawaii. Betty was a teacher, librarian and proud career army wife--a job that took her all over the world. Upon returning to Kansas City in 1975, she worked at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library for thirty years. She was also very active in Federated Garden Clubs, including Kansas City Garden Club, holding leadership positions at the local, state, regional and national levels, including serving as President of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri from 1999-2001. She was a certified flower judge and an expert on invasive plant species. Betty was a registered parliamentarian, serving a number of organizations in that role. She was an active member of her church throughout her life, and a Chiefs season ticket holder for more than 25 years. A diehard Jayhawk, Betty was a lifetime member of the KU Alumni Association and the Jayhawk Society. She also enjoyed membership in the Iris Society, bowling, fencing, scuba diving, and swimming. After retiring to Kingswood Senior Living Community, Betty served as President and Secretary of the Kingswood Resident Association. Betty was a dynamic presence in many lives and will be deeply missed by all who loved her. This world is more beautiful because of how she took care of it and taught others to do the same. A memorial service will be held at Kingswood Senior Living Community, 10000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO, Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be made to Powell Gardens or the Kingswood Foundation. Condolences may be made at Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 15, 2011

Betty L. Allen Alloway

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Wanda Rasa

January 20, 2011

It may be too late to make an entry but I'd like you to know how much she meant to so many of us. Speaking for myself, I was in total awe at the knowledge Betty had and how willing she was to share it with us. Her wit and humor was down to a perfection that only she could accomplish. Her smile so genuine and and her conduct was of a well respected and wonderful "lady" that we all loved and admired. She was the best of the best when it came to mentors and it's simply not ever going to be the same without her here with us. Betty truly put the quality in our district and helped us feel complete. Our memories will keep her alive and her spirit will live on in each and every one of us as we cherish the experiences we had with this wonderful and sweet Betty.

Viola Powell

January 16, 2011

I feel so privileged to have known Betty. She was a wonderfull person. We worked on several garden club shows and projects together.
Viola Powell ( Lincoln, Mo.)

January 14, 2011

Married for 66 years! She must have had a full life. Please accept our condolences.
-John and Beth Goodwin

Nancy Bahn

January 14, 2011

Betty was so bright and knowledgeable. And she was so very kind and helpful. We wanted to be like her. She truly 'made the world a more beautiful place.' We will miss her.

Kassie Smiley

January 14, 2011

Sorry I cannot be there. I will truly miss Betty and dearly loved her. She helped in many ways thur her knowledge of garden club. Kassie Smiley, Past State President 2001-2003

January 13, 2011

MENTOR is a great word to describe Betty. She was gracious, and very knowledgable about garden club, and always willing to share what she knew , whenever I met her at meetings, and conventions. FGCM has been all the better for having her as a member, and friend. Barbara Renshaw (Webster Groves, Mo.- ECD)

Charlotte West

January 12, 2011

Betty set the standard for all who knew her. We will miss her.

Sue Reed

January 12, 2011

Betty was one of the most determined people I have ever known - determined to make a difference in our world and determined not to waste a minute of the time she had to do it in.

Ranetta Daugherty

January 12, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Glenda Phelps

January 12, 2011

We all loved and respected her............

A fellow Judge