Betty Jean Clement Allen, age 93, died peacefully at home in Mooresville, NC on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. She has been lovingly cared for by a team of amazing caregivers and recently by Iredell County Hospice/Palliative Care.
Betty, the oldest of 5 children, was born in Shamrock, OK to Troy and Effie Clement. Her family lived in OK, NM and KS. She graduated from Russell High School in 1947. On Jan. 2, 1948 she met Robert (Bud) Allen and they married eight days later on Jan. 10th in Russell, KS. They were married 66 years and had three children: Denise, Marcia and Robert. In addition, they were foster parents for 10 years.
Betty and Bud moved to Great Bend, KS in 1956. At age 44, Betty received a BS in Elementary Education from Sterling College and taught 4th grade for eight years. She also enjoyed planning family vacations across the US, reunions, parties and traveling with Bud on business trips. Betty was active at First Southern Baptist Church, Great Bend and loved singing in the choir as well as teaching Girls Auxiliary and Adult Women’s Sunday School for 50 years.
In 2012, Betty and Bud moved to Mooresville, NC to be close to Denise and family, where they were members of Peninsula Baptist Church.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; two children, Marcia Kimbley and Robert (Bob) Allen; her siblings, Bill Clement, Wanda Clement Snell, Carl Clement and Darrell Clement; and 2 nephews.
Betty is survived by her daughter Denise Simon and son-in-law David; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Sarah Simon; sister-in-law Sigrid Clement; and her nieces and nephews.
Private celebrations will be held in Mooresville, NC and Great Bend, KS.
The family requests memorials to First Southern Baptist Church, 3301-19th St, Great Bend, KS 67530 or the KS/NE Southern Baptist Foundation, 5410 SW 7th St, Topeka, KS 66606.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory
494 East Plaza Drive
Mooresville, NC 28115
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 17, 2023