Carole Ann Jenkins
Services for Carole Ann Jenkins, age 73, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, who passed away
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at Grand River Health Care, Chillicothe, Missouri, were held Wednesday,
February 20, 2019 at Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.
Rev. Greg Hughes was the officiant.
Music was provided by Allison Tignon and Amanda-Fay Moore.
Pallbearers were Alvin Thompson, Greg Austin, Frank Ockenfels, Bertrand Tignon, Rustin Moore, Robert
Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Savage and Jim Dowell.
Interment was at May Cemetery, Chula, Missouri.
Arrangements were under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.
Georgia Jean Lower
Georgia Jean Lower, age 92, peacefully passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 7:20 p.m. She battled
bravely against pancreatic cancer for the past 6 months. She died at her home in Chillicothe, Mo. with
friends and family in attendance.
Georgia has been a standing member of Grace Episcopal Church in Chillicothe, since moving with her
now deceased husband Kenneth to Missouri over 30 years ago. In her 30 years in Missouri, Georgia has
maintained her friendships from Wisconsin as well as establishing many loving fiends here in Missouri.
Georgia was born on September 23, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her parents, Alfred and Verona
Bilder, had emigrated from Europe as children. Georgia was a first born twin. Her twin brother James
had passed away years ago as had her second oldest brother Thomas. She is survived by her youngest
brother Allan and her only sister Susan. Georgia met Kenneth in Milwaukee, on a double date and was
married to Kenneth on April 23, 1949. She became the mother of 4 children. Her first born was a girl
stillborn. Her Eldest son Ronald passed away 6 years ago.
She is survived by her second eldest son Thomas Lower of Hubertus, Wisconsin; her youngest son
Robert Lower (Dawn) of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; two grandchildren, Nathan Sczepanski-Lower
(Ronald’s son) and Ashley Lower (Robert’s daughter).
Many heartfelt thanks to Georgia’s close friends Mitchel, Georgia, Teri, Reese, Chris and Aylona. They
have been extremely supportive and steadfast especially through these past 6 months. Georgia was
always outgoing and made friendships a key part of her life. She loved to shop, garden, drive her car and
do things for others. She loved sports and was a true Green Bay Packers fan to the end. Her second
favorite team were the KC Chiefs.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of heritage Funeral Home of Chillicothe, Mo. Georgia will be
interred into the crematory garden of Grace Episcopal Church in Chillicothe on April 7, 2019 along with
her recently deceased companion dog, Webster. Sunday services will occur at 9:00 a.m. followed by the
internment. There will be a memorial get together and meal afterwards in the church hall. Any
memorials in honor of Georgia should be made to Grace Episcopal Church of Chillicothe, Mo. or to the
Chillicothe Animal Shelter.
Betty Arlene Deardorff
Betty Arlene Deardorff, age 87, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, February
20, 2019, at her residence.
Betty was born the daughter of Charles (Chad) and Martha (Epperson) Guilford on March 20, 1931, in
Chillicothe, Missouri. She attended Leaton Grade School and was a 1949 graduate of Hale High School,
Hale, Missouri. In high school she sang in a group and was on the student council. She was united in
marriage to Richard Kirk Deardorff o September 24, 1949. He preceded her in death on December 23,
2014. Betty and Kirk lived on a farm northwest of Hale until 1994. She enjoyed gardening, canning,
taking care of her Iris flowers, cats, raising chickens, homemaking, visiting with neighbors, and cooking
big dinners for her family. Betty became an active member of the Hale Methodist Church on September
1, 1954. She was also an active member of the Hale Triangle Extension Club and the Hale VFW Auxiliary
#3464. She helped cook for the Hale Methodist Church Harvest Dinners and other community dinners.
She worked briefly at Livingston Manor Nursing Home and took cake decorating classes at the Grand
River Technical School. In 1994 the farm was sold and she and Kirk moved to Chillicothe. There she
enjoyed taking care of her flowers, visiting with her neighbors and shopping. In November 2013 she
became a regular client of Bella Brooke Adult Day Center until December 2018. She was loved by all.
Betty is survived by; two sons, James Richard of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Kirby Deardorff and wife
Diana, of Chillicothe, Missouri; three grand nieces, Stephanie Guilford and husband Jeff of Omaha,
Nebraska, Janna McKenna and husband Patrick of Springfield, Missouri, and Katie Steckler of Omaha,
Nebraska; and one grandnephew, Chad Nathan Steckler of Omaha, Nebraska. She was preceded in
death by her parents; husband, Richard; one brother, Ralph Guilford; her niece Beverly Steckler; her
sister-in-law Anna Miller; and her brother-in-law Robert Deardorff.
Funeral services will be held at Hale Methodist Church, Hale, Missouri, on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at
2:00 p.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on
Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral
Home in Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Burial will
be held at the Hale Memorial Gardens, Hale, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hale
Methodist Church and/or the American Heart Association and may be left at or mailed to Lindley
Funeral Home, P.O. box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.