Betty Jean Prowell, age 85, of Elkville, passed away at 12:30pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at her home in Elkville, surrounded by her loving family.
Betty was born in Carbondale on Christmas Day, December 25, 1935, the daughter of Thomas and Eulah "Dee" (Cross) Bailey. She married William Joseph Prowell in Kentucky in 1952. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1971.
Betty knew the value of working hard. She had worked at the shoe factory in Murphysboro as well as the Gilster-Mary Lee Plant. Even more so, Betty knew the value of a loving family. She cherished her family and time spent with them.
Survivors include her children-
Daughter- Pamela Jean Vaughn of Elkville
Son and daughter-in-law- William E. and Debra Prowell of Marion
Son- Joseph Dean and Carla Prowell of Ava
Daughter- Claudia Sue Rheinecker of DeSoto
Seven Grandchildren- Tina Marie Braden
Thomas A. Vaughn
Melissa Denise Prowell
William Joseph Prowell
Joseph Dean Prowell, Jr.
Several Great Grandchildren
Brother- Tom Bailey of DeSoto
Brother- Claude Bailey of California
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters- Nema Reese and Blanche Long, and her precious great-great grandson- Callen Michael Prowell.
As per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial services to celebrate Betty’s life will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home (11 S. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832). A time of visitation will be held from 2-4pm on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the SIH Cancer Center (1400 Pin Oak Drive; Carterville, IL 62918). Envelopes will be available and accepted at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home; 11 S. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832. To donate online please visit SIH Cancer Institute. For more information, or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.maxtonrosado.com or call (618) 542-2020.
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