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Betty Joe Grimm 1924-2011
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Betty Joe Grimm 1924-2011

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Betty Joe Grimm, 87, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at her home in John Knox Village.  
Betty Joe, or Jo as her friends and family called her, was born in Beatrice, Neb. in 1924 to Charles and Vesta Stephens.  She met her husband, Bob, during World War II while working for the Civil Aeronautics Administration as a radio communicator and weather reporter.
Over the years, Jo had become a well-published poet and writer. She completed a full-length novel and semi-autobiography entitled, “Putting on Her Face.”
Much of her adult life was spent living a deep faith in Christ and selflessly serving those she loved and who were in need — a legacy that her entire family is dedicated to upholding. The Grimm family lived in Great Bend from 1956 to 1976 and developed many dear friends there.
During the 59 years of marriage, Jo and Bob raised three children, Debbie, Robin and Steve and had seen it grow to three grandchildren, Rochelle, Devon and Taylor and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Grimm; her brother, Ed Stephens, and her parents.
A memorial service is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at 3846 West 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS, 66208 or online at
Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Langsford Funeral Home *  
115 SW 3rd Street
Lee’s Summit, MO, 64063
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Dec. 18, 2011