OBITUARY

Betty Lou Guffey

January 11, 1930November 22, 2013

Betty Lou (Winkler) Guffey, 83 passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on November 22, 2013. Born January 11, 1930 in Freeport, she was the daughter of the late John and Esther (Armstrong) Winkler. She was married on July 14, 1956 to Walter R. Guffey, Sr. in Freeport. A graduate of Jacksonville School of the Deaf, she was an active member of the St. Paul Lutheran Deaf Church in Rockford as a music leader until her health declined. A busy homemaker for her married life, Betty was employed with Colorama Photography and GC Electronics for a short while. She was also a member of the Elks Club, Eagles Club, and an active member of the Illinois Association for the Deaf. Betty is known for her love of all types of crafting for family and friends. She has made many quilts, afghans, blankets, ceramic and plastic canvas items that will be dearly cherished. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Walter Guffey, Sr.; children, Lewis W. (Jody P.) Guffey, Kathy E. (Jamie) Petrie, and Wally R. (Rhonda K.) Guffey, Jr.; daughter in law, Jodi Miles-Summeril; seven grandchildren, John Miles, Nicholas (Krystal) Guffey, K. Louise (Karl) Seager, Maggie (Tim Hurkmans) Phillips, Nicole Howard, Jamie Petrie, Jr., and Eddie Petrie; seven great grandchildren; two sisters in law, Jean Winkler and Viola Lamp; and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded into eternity by her parents, son, Jerry Guffey; grandchild, Nicole Guffey; two brothers, Louis M., and John C. Winkler; two sisters, Evelyn Goodwin and Dorothy Bierce; mother and father in law Walter (Audrey) Guffey. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Visitation 1 p.m. to time of service. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at sunsetfhmemgardens.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 27, 2013
REMEMBERING

Betty Lou Guffey

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Shane & Tracey Roberson

November 29, 2013

Wally so sorry for the loss of your mother. May you have comfort in knowing she is watching over you. Much love to you all.

Sally Sadewater

November 28, 2013

Kathy, I know you and your family will miss your mom so very much, but she fought a long hard battle and she needed to end this fight. Please give your dad a hug from me and take care of each other.

kathryn seger

November 28, 2013

Grandma you will be missed but I know you are where you need to be with uncle jerry, Nicole and all for your dogs you had in life. We all miss you and love you we will see later in life - weezy

Nathan Frederick

November 27, 2013

Love Betty's smile and know her for her sweet and kindness too. She's more like a second mom to us. Love and Hugs. Nathan and Pam

Jean Winkler

November 27, 2013

I've had the pleasure of enjoying her talents and being her sister-in-law all these years.

Craig & Judy Winkler

November 27, 2013

Our condolences to you all. Memories of Aunt Betty come to our minds of her having a kind & gracious heart.

jan ward

November 27, 2013

may her smile and twinkle in her eye always bring u comfort. Heaven is where shell be.

Rhonda Schmidtke(Guffey)

November 27, 2013

This candles for you MOM ! YOUR light will shine on forever in our hearts! We love and will miss you dearly!
Rhonda and Wally

wally Guffey

November 27, 2013

mom it ben just a few days I cant say how much I miss you I will think of you day and night you tell everyone in heaven HI R.I.P LOVE YOU
wally and Rhonda

November 27, 2013

mom it ben just a few days I cant say how much I miss you I will think of you day and night you tell everyone in heaven HI R.I.P LOVE YOU
wally and Rhonda