Betty L. Hayhurst of Holliday, Missouri | 1942 - 2019 | Obituary

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Betty L. Hayhurst

December 15, 1942 - August 03, 2019

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Betty L. Hayhurst, 76, passed away peacefully August 3, 2019 in her daughter’s home surrounded by family.


Betty Lou was born December 15, 1942 in Moberly, MO to Clyde E. Ragsdale and Florence D. Selsor Ragsdale. She was a 1961 graduate of Paris High School. In 1964 she married Paul Henry Simon, Jr. and they had two children, Doug Simon and Shelly (Simon) Bedsworth. Doug resides with his wife Keri and three children Claire, Chloe and Cole Simon in Columbia. Shelly and her husband Jason and two children Kate and Paige Bedsworth live in Millersburg, MO.


In December of 1985 Betty Lou married Charles E. Hayhurst in the state of Texas, returning to make their home in Holliday, MO. Children James (Mandy) Hayhurst of Thompson and Debra Wilkerson (Paris) added to the family, along with grandchildren Jimmy Wilkerson, Jenette White, Jacob Hayhurst and great grandchildren Doniven, Dawson, Emma and Ethan, Eragon and Brooklyn.


She was preceded in death by her parents; Clyde and Florence, four brothers Gene Ragsdale, Don Ragsdale, Rob Ragsdale and an infant Clayton as well as her husband Charlie.


Betty Lou loved to cook for family and friends and was very good at it. She particularly loved dessert, chocolate pie being her favorite. Doug would look for the special “aluminum foil leftover surprises” in the fridge and Shelly would get her altered dishes for the picky eater that she was. For fun Betty Lou loved to play bingo and the lottery (must be that Ragsdale gambling gene) and hunt mushrooms during the spring season. The job she most enjoyed was working at the Holliday Post Office. She loved seeing members of the community and would check on folks if they didn’t get their mail or drop it by their house if they weren’t able to get out.


Betty Lou may have been small, but she sure was feisty, maybe that is a result of being the youngest of six siblings. Her sister Doris Ann tells of stories where Betty Lou didn’t back down to threats, defending herself with pool cues and boots. Family business involving pool halls and liquor stores must have played a role. There are great memories of Doris Ann and Betty Lou not only sharing a driveway as adults but laughter and love in the kitchen all those times there were gatherings for family dinners. Betty’s last living brother Johnny Ragsdale cared deeply for his sister as well. She used to call him and he would take her to breakfast. He taught her to eat grape jelly with her biscuits and sausage gravy. Who knew? Betty is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


Betty Lou suffered a severe brain aneurysm in 2003 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 but overcame miraculous obstacles and always faced the regimen of treatment like a champ. She enjoyed some particular comfort items, Cracker Barrel vegetable soup, Steak and Shake milkshakes, chocolate milk and coffee with sugar. Her all-time favorite show was the Andy Griffith Show. It looped continuously on Netflix with all eight seasons played countless times. Living in Mayberry was about a life of simplicity and being a good neighbor and citizen. Betty Lou’s challenge to everyone would be to be a good neighbor, visit someone that is lonely, and help others whenever you are able. We could all use a little more Andy Griffith Show in our life.


A funeral service celebrating Betty Lou’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris, MO with the Reverend Larry Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00pm until the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Holliday, MO.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Monroe County Cancer Supporters.