Betty Sue Pearson

March 16, 1932December 26, 2020

Betty Sue Pearson, age 88, passed away December 26, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Betty has also been battling Dementia for 10 years prior to her death. She was born March 16, 1932 in Colt, Arkansas to Harvey and Flossie Preston. Harvey and Flossie had 10 children; Caroline Gean (Suzie) Hamel, Barbara Lee Bramlet, Thomas Eugene (Bud) Preston, Mary Louise (Pete) Christenson, Gertie Ophelia Vineyard, Anne Genell Milam, Dorothy Marie Preston, Billy Jean Preston, David Darnell Preston, and Betty Sue Pearson. All siblings preceded her death. Betty married Clinis Pearson on October 4, 1952 at the age of twenty; Clinis was twenty-four. Clinis preceded her in death in 2009 at the age of 81.

Betty dedicated her life to raising a family of 6; 3 boys and 3 girls. The names of each child in birth order are Kim, Debra, Diane, Sherree, Thomas, and Jeffrey. Kim and Thomas also preceded her death.

Betty is survived by her 3 daughters Debra Ragon, Diane Horn, Sherree Skorepa and son, Jeffrey Pearson; son-in-laws Landis Ragon, Garry Horn, Larry Skorepa, and Dean Thayer; grandchildren, Jason & Julie Pearson, Tabatha & Rodger Holloway, Jonathan Ragon, Mindy & Nick Springer, Garry Jr. & Kim Horn, Amy & Ethan Luellen, Stephanie & Matt Friedline, Alan & Sherry Skorepa; granddaughter Elizabeth Horn preceded her in death. Betty is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Please join us in celebrating her life Monday January 4th, 2020 at 10:30 am cst at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home 11101 St Charles Rock Road, St Ann, MO 63074. Donations can also be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at Due to the pandemic, a zoom call will also be available at 10:30 am cst on January 4th, 2020. Click on the following zoom link to access the waiting room for Betty’s Funeral:


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Jeffrey Pearson

January 4, 2021

Mom was born March 16, 1932 in Colt, Arkansas to Harvey and Flossie Preston. She was the 3rd oldest out of 10 children and was the last living sibling. Mom dropped out of school after the 8th grade to help support the family of 10 after the impact of the great depression. Mom worked odd jobs at a local hotel and as a housekeeper during her early teens. Mom was looking for a companion and It’s interesting how she and my Dad met, albeit maybe normal for the times. Mom found an ad in a magazine to be a penpal with an army soldier in the Korean War. Dad was inducted in the US Army Nov. 27th, 1950 and was transferred to the Army reserves on August 28th, 1952. During this time they became quite close and many love letters were written back and forth. After Dad’s discharge, they were married within one week of physically meeting each other on October 4, 1952. Mom was 20 and Dad was twenty-four. They waited no time to start a family. 10 months into their marriage, the first of 6 children arrived. Kim Aug. 53, Debbie Oct. 54, Diane Nov. 55, Sherree Oct. 58, Tom Jan. 61, Jeff Aug. 64
Mom dedicated her life to raising a family, She was proud to be a simple girl from the country. She never learned how to drive and never drank alcohol. She was a very religious woman and she never build many friendships outside her large family. Mom & Dad were best friends and did everything together. Often times, Dad worked two jobs to support our large family, while Mom did her best to take care of the household. She loved to take care of her flowers and tending to her vegetable garden every summer. Mom was a grandmother of 15, a great-grandmother of 12 and a great-great-grandmother of 3.

It was a fortunate thing that with Mom’s deep religious beliefs, she never feared death. She survived the passing of all 10 of her siblings, my fathers and his siblings, two sons, and a grad-daughter.

Mom was a hugger and a kisser that didn’t know a stranger. These moments will be missed.

Mauricio Hernández

January 4, 2021

I had the privilege of meeting Betty in person only a few times, enough to realize what a great human being she was, a unique being with a big smile and with a face that only reflected peace. I will never forget the first day we met, without much talking we ended up dancing and having fun. (she was a great dancer btw)
They say that people do not die as long as they are remembered, so Betty will be forever because she will be always in our minds.


Linda Barthel

January 3, 2021

Your Mom was a very sweet women. I will miss not visiting with her. Sending prayers and love to all the family.

Chris and Ken Thayer

January 3, 2021

“Our world changes from year to year,
our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you, shall never pass away.”

You brought light and love to everyone around you. My first memory of our meeting is you wrapped your arms around me as tight as you could and I felt this surge of love come from this beautiful woman with a beautiful smile - I loved you instantly. You gave me one of my most cherished friends on this earth and for this I am eternally grateful.

“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.”

May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace Betty Sue~ you are a true treasure.

We love you,
Chris and Ken

Patricia Gallegos

January 2, 2021

I felt an angel near today, though one I could not see
I felt an angel oh so close, sent to comfort me

I felt an angel’s kiss, soft upon my cheek
And oh, without a single word of caring did it speak

I felt an angel’s loving touch, soft upon my heart
And with that touch, I felt the pain and hurt within depart

I felt an angel’s tepid tears, fall softly next to mine
And knew that as those tears did dry a new day would be mine

I felt an angel’s silken wings enfold me with pure love
And felt a strength within me grow, a strength sent from above

I felt an angel oh so close, though one I could not see
I felt an angel near today, sent to comfort me.

RIP sweet Betty - you will be will always be in my heart ~ Patty 💖🙌🏻✨🙏🏼

Jason Pearson

December 29, 2020

Amazing woman...I will miss her daily. She always made me feel comfortable and accepted. Her love and genuine concern for everyone in the family is what made her special and is the reason why all will miss her dearly.

Sherree Skorepa

December 29, 2020

She was a very beautiful woman as well as our wonderful and loving mother. She is loved by everyone she met. A very godly woman!