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Betty Nelson

Monday, May 5, 2003

SIKESTON - Betty Crouthers Nelson, 72, died May 3, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Born June 22, 1930, in Lilbourn, daughter of the late Pearl James and Ethel Campbell Stearns, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.

In October 1948, she married J.B. "Buddy" Crouthers who preceded her in death in June 1982. She and Lewis C. Nelson were married in December 1994 and he died in August 1998.

Survivors include: three sons and two daughters-in-law, James Burwell Crouthers Jr. of East Prairie, John Paul and Sherrie Crouthers of Sikeston and Mark Gregory and Katherine Crouthers of St. Louis; two stepsons, Dave Nelson of Atlanta, Ga., and Pete Nelson of Katy, Texas; one stepdaughter, Nancy Martin of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Ruth and Floyd Liley of Cape Girardeau and Doris Brower of Springfield; five grandchildren, Matthew Lee Crouthers of Fort Myers, Fla., Sarah Elizabeth Crouthers of Sikeston, James Burwell Crouthers III, Louis Maxwell Robert Crouthers and Cameron James Crouthers of St. Louis; two stepgranddaughters, Brandy Mason of Jackson, Tenn., and Brent Keith of Portageville; and one great-granddaughter, Layne Elizabeth Crouthers of Fort Myers.

One brother-in-law, Hollis Brower, also preceded her in death.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, where services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. David Jackson, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sikeston, will officiate.

Burial will follow in Mounds Park Cemetery near Lilbourn.

Pallbearers will be: David Crouthers, Paul C. Crouthers Jr., Don Culbertson, Larry Voliva, Leroy Nunn and Ronnie Mason.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Floyd Liley, Dick Reade, Collie Crouthers and Bert Brower.

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