In Loving Memory…

Betty Bob Jones

Betty Bob Scotten Jones died peacefully on April 10, 2018 in Sedalia, Mo.  She loved her family, cherished her friends, thrived in her community and was thankful for the life she was able to lead. She will be missed.

She was born on March 6, 1924, the daughter of Peter V. and Lula Ficken Scotten and lived in Sedalia and Pettis County all her life.  She graduated from Smith Cotton in 1942 and from Central Missouri in 1945 with a BA in Mathematics. Throughout her life she continued to hold friendships from those years dear to her.  She was close to her extended family, particularly her sister, Mary Jane Bailey, nieces, nephews, cousins, and their spouses, and a lifetime of friends.

On March 9, 1946 she married Van G. Jones.  Van and Betty Bob raised their children in Sedalia and at the Jones Farm northwest of town, where they moved in 1969. Van and Betty Bob were married for 62 years before Van passed away ten years ago.

Betty Bob was a long time educator with the Sedalia Public Schools, retiring in 1987, but never far from her active interest in learning and getting to know people and the history of places and things.

Betty Bob was a member of the Broadway Presbyterian Church, where she was an Elder and active in many pursuits for the church.  She had many interests – P.E.O., Sorosis, Pettis County Historical Society, Missouri Teachers Association, Book Club, Friends of Arrow Rock, and numerous bridge clubs throughout the years.

Betty Bob is survived by 4 children: Catherine Tatum (David) of Germantown, Tennessee, David Jones (Terri) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Spencer Jones of Kansas City and Nancy Jones of Kansas City; 6 grandchildren: Ann Tatum Lankford, Leigh Tatum, Sarah Jones Boe, Alex Jones, and Nicole and Chris Jones; and 8 great grandchildren, Matthew, Micah, and Suzanne Lankford, Grace and Alfie Boe, and Halle, Sidney and Griffin Backman.

She took great pride in the character and accomplishments of her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families, instilling in them the power of knowledge, the joy of wondering, and the importance of family.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Broadway Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Rob Hughes officiating.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Broadway Presbyterian Church in Betty Bob’s name, or to State Fair Community College Foundation to benefit the Betty Bob Jones Nursing Scholarship.


  1. Kathy Edmondson Sandford :

    I am so sorry for your loss. Betty-Bob was a big part of the community, church , and family. Her life stands as an example to all of us.

  2. Carla Humphreys :

    Board of Directors from the Pettis County Museum and Historical Society sends their Condolences. She was such a nice lady, and always smiling.

  3. Joanne Greer Gardner :

    My sincere condolences to the Jones family. Betty Bob was such a special person to me. She will be missed by many people.

  4. Steve and Jan (Martin) Henson :

    For her family: Betty Bob was a treasure in our family who will be greatly missed. Her photo is beautiful and the words penned in the obituary were truly how she felt about education, wonder and family. I feel sorrow for your loss and offer sincere sympathy and hugs from the Martin family.

  5. Lynn Edwards Payne :

    Sending thoughts and prayers from the Payne family.

  6. Debbie Viebrock :

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Spencer. Sending prayers of comfort for your family.

  7. Greg Harrell :

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you

  8. Dorothy Schroder :

    Nancy Jones and family: So sorry for the loss of your mother. Enjoyed having Betty Bob Jones as a teacher. Prayers of comfort for your entire family.

  9. Deborah Mitchell :

    Betty Bob and I were good buds. I cannot say how much I will miss her. I loved her dearly.

  10. Glenda Glazebrook Beardmore :

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. I pray for strength for you and you family. It is hard. I lost my mom a year ago.
    Glenda Glazebrook Beardmore

  11. So very sorry, thoughts and prayers to the family, she will be missed by all. Sue martin

  12. Catherine, David, Spencer and Nancy,

    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a kind and thoughtful person. Great recollections of how welcome she always made me feel as we were growing up whenever I’d visit your house,or later, go out to the farm. She was the last of that great generation of “parents” that influenced many of us in Sedalia when we were young. I know you’ll miss her tremendously, but also you’ll have wonderful memories.

    Our sincere condolences,
    Glenn (& Kathie) Lane

  13. Janie (Wagenknecht) & David Dunn-Rankin :

    Nancy and family – sending hugs and praying for comfort and peace as you remember all the fond memories of such a delightful person your Mom was. Love you.

  14. Barbara Freund :

    My heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Betty Bob played a very big part in my life. She taught first grade at Horace Mann. I was a first grader that year, however Kay Herrick Rhodes was my teacher. Then I had the pleasure of teaching with Betty Bob at Heber Hunt. The past few years she helped me with the Pen Pal Program for the Literacy Council. This was the first year that she did not help. She always had her letters in on time and was a good role model for those little ones. Just last summer she came to the Class of 57 60th reunion and was the hit of the day!!! She gave a speech and told stories on several of us. Received a standing ovation!! Betty Bob was one of the sweetest and dearest people I have ever known. May she rest in peace.

  15. Nancy and Spencer,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She lived and enjoyed a long life with many interests and friends. Prayers for you and all of your family during this celebration of her life and all of the lives she touched. She will be missed by many, and may she rest in peace.

  16. Berneta Quick :

    Miss Betty Bob was a lady of determination and independence. Even in pain she wanted to do as much for herself . She was grand lady. In the little I got to spend time withb her.

  17. Dennis and Donna Haines :

    Betty Bob and Van were certainly good to us during our interim at Broadway Presbyterian Church. They always invited us to family events and we’re gracious hosts. These past years we saw less of her as we moved to Independence but each time we returned she would make us feel so welcome. She was a gracious lady and will be missed by many. We can say “well done good and faithful servant”. You ran the race and finished with great fervor.

  18. Janet Burnett :

    My mother, Betty Lou Kullman Gregory (Our parents were classmates-Ralph Gregory) and Betty Bob were classmates. We heard the name “Betty Bob Scotten” quite often and especially enjoyed meeting her when we took Mother to Sedalia for reunions. The two girls took dance lessons together in the 1930s, sharing many childhood memories. Our sympathy to your family-the class of 1942 is getting smaller.

    Janet Gregory Burnett
    Carol Gregory Jacobs
    Sarah Gregory Seufert

  19. Carl and Nedra Zimmerschied :

    Betty Bob was a sweet and caring person and quite helpful to her church. Carl and I are so sad over her passing. We know, however, that she is now with her heavenly Father for eternity. We will miss her so much.

  20. Charlotte Curry :

    Catherine, Nancy, David and Spencer – your mother was very special. Her enthusiasm for any project she was associated with was infectious. Betty Bob also had a sly, dry wit if you were listening closely. I smile when I think of her & some of her asides to me. From an early age to an adult, I always learned something from her, whether about history or just a gardening tip. May your memories help you find peace.

  21. Keith Tremain & Eric Langcaster :

    We were very sorry to hear about Betty Bob.
    More than 20 years ago a chance encounter on a bus in Boston led to a long term friendship with Betty Bob, Van & her family. We made many trips to Sedalia during the Scott Joplin Festival and enjoyed visiting the Jones’s lovely home. Betty Bob was clearly a person of considerable stature in her community, commanding respect but also much affection.
    Our sincere condolences to her family.
    Keith Tremain & Eric Langcaster from the UK.

  22. Debbie Durley Baker :

    Catherine, Nancy, Spencer, and David,

    Your mom meant the world to me and to my family. She was such a class act — a role model of kindness, wisdom, and fun. My mind is filled with vivid memories of Betty Bob ranging from my childhood to more recent times. Both of your parents were always wonderful to my family and I will cherish those memories always.

    How blessed I am to have known her. I wish I could be with you in person today but know that my heart and prayers are with each of you.

    Debbie Durley Baker

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