Betty Lou Stephens

Betty Lou Stephens, age 96, of Cameron, MO, and formerly of Hamilton and Cowgill, passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 2020, at Redwood of Cameron.

Betty was born on Jan. 2, 1924, the daughter of William A. and Virgie (Waters) Sprouse in Braymer. She grew up in the Braymer, New York, Plymouth and Ludlow areas. Betty was baptized at the Hopewell Baptist Church. She was a 1941 graduate of Polo High School. On July 24th, 1941, she was united in marriage to Harold Stephens in Independence. The couple settled on the farm in rural Cowgill after marriage. 

Betty was a member of the Cowgill First Baptist Church. She loved her family, singing at church and playing the piano. She enjoyed being a farmwife and raising their three daughters. Betty was very social and outgoing. She always had a kind and encouraging word for all those she came in contact with. Betty and Harold retired from farming in 1998 and moved to Hamilton, before moving to Cameron in 2001. She attended Cameron First Baptist Church. Betty will be dearly missed.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Harold and daughter, Sherry Stephens. Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn (Sam) Switzer of Kearney and Sheila (Ed) Jordan of Cameron; grandchildren, Drew (Bree) Switzer of Kearney, Jennifer (Joshua) Dever of Kearney, Katey (Brad) Girard of St. Joseph, and Trent (Holly) Jordan of Cameron; great-grandchildren, Dailee, Ellie, Cash, Shadley, Georgia, Grafton, Clive and Logan, all of Kearney; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family members also survive.    

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Comfort Care Hospice in care of the funeral home. Please consider an act of kindness or smile in Betty’s memory. A private family service is planned due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Burial will be at Cowgill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo. An online guestbook may be accessed at

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