In Loving Memory…

Betty Jean Mallard

Betty Jean (Baker) Mallard passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Though she had many complications that come with living just over ninety years, she passed peacefully.

Betty was born January 23, 1930. She was married to Ellis Mallard on June 12, 1947. They shared 70 years and three children together, Ron, Christie and Steve. Shortly after Ron was born, they moved to Kansas City, MO in the early 1950s. In 1966, they moved to Maryland for Ellis’ work. In 1972 they built their home and moved to Sedalia, MO where they resided until after Ellis’ death. Betty moved to Good Samaritan Care Center in March 2018.

Betty worked in the home as a wife and mother. She served her Lord as Sunday School and Children’s Church Teacher and sometimes pianist. Many lifelong friendships originated through the Southern Baptist churches they belonged to throughout the years. Of late, she was a member of First Baptist Church, Sedalia. She especially cherished her Bible Study friends and the times they were able to gather in her living room.

Betty was preceded in death by her late husband, Ellis; her brother, Bill Baker; and grandson-in-law, John Braun.

She is survived by her children, Ron and Judy Mallard, Christie and Rex Johnson, Steve and Tracy Mallard; her brother, Jim, his wife, Verla and family; her grandchildren, Jon Mallard, Jackie and Brady Stephens, Chuck and Lisa Johnson, Sarah Braun, Trevor and Lauren Mallard and Gabbi Mallard; eight great-grandchildren, Eve and Sam Mallard, Mia and Maci Stephens, Nolan, Brilee and Jake Johnson and Jaxon Braun; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6:00-7:30 pm, Thursday, May 21 at First Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life service at 11:00 am, Friday, May 22 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Francis O’Donnell and Rev. Greg Morrow officiating.

Interment will be in Highland Sacred Gardens. Pallbearers will be Mike Baker, Chuck Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Jon Mallard, Sam Mallard, Trevor Mallard, Brady Stephens and Ed Mallard.

The family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church Sedalia Memorial or Youth Fund in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Melissa lemler

    I miss my sweet Betty she was the light of my world and she always put a smile on my face she will forever be missed at GSCC and she was apart of my family as well she was like a grandma to me

  2. Theresa Cillins

    Betty was such a sweet person. She will be missed

  3. Heidi D. & Aaron W.

    Oh my heart is broken! My beautiful Betty. I love you!

    To Betty’s family – THANK YOU for sharing her with us at Good Samaritan Care Center. Aaron and I work work the night shift there and Betty was one of my favorites!! I loved taking care of her – whether it be making her laugh so she forgot her worries OR cuddling up besides her and holding her hand while she told me a story, this woman was the highlight to my nights! And while my heart is heavy, I am happy to know she is dancing with Jesus.

    It was my nightly tradition, to check on her 1st thing – just to find out how her day was and to let her know I was there. Many times she would never want me to leave! So for her 89th birthday, we gave her a tie-dyed teddy bear… and when I gave it to her I told her the teddy bear would always be there and even if she couldn’t see me she would never be alone. She became quite attached to that bear and every night it was never far out of her reach. Sunday night after her passing, the 1st thing I looked for that night was her tie-dyed teddy bear… just to hug it; it wanted to be close to her one last time, to say my goodbyes. But it was gone. Her teddy bear was gone. 🙁

    Later, I found out that the bear had went with Betty… and that makes my heart so incredibly happy! Just as a promised, she was never alone… she had her teddy bear!!

    So again, that you for sharing your beautiful Betty with me! (And thanks for letting me share with you the story of that tie-dyed teddy bear!!) I am so sorry for you loss. Your family is in our prayers!

  4. I Loved Betty ,Iwe been friend with her a long time
    I’m sorry I didn’t my spend more time with her
    I will cherish my memories of Betty.

  5. Virginia McQueen

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother she was a very sweet Lady!!

  6. Fay Henderson Pannell

    Steve and family I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort for all of you. 🙏🙏🙏

  7. Lorri Saulbeamer

    Betty was a very sweet lady ! She played that organ like no other. My Mother was across the hall from her at the nursing home . I would stop there so Betty could play a little tune to lift my Mothers spirits and she would lift mine as well . I lost my Mother(MarjorieSnyder) in Dec. 2019 . I know they are together again and that makes my heart smile! Although I am sorry for your loss, they suffer no more in the arms of Jesus!
    Bless your family at this sad time!
    Lorri Saulbeamer and Family

  8. Karl and Barbara Kasak

    Steve and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Betty and I worked together a few times as room mothers at school. She was always so happy and enjoyable to work with at anytime. She is back with the loves of her life, Ellis and Jesus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Angie Greer Howard

    Steve and family,
    Your Mom was one of a kind and such a sweet lady! I have such fond memories of her. I am sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs my friend!

  10. So sorry Steve and family. I didn’t know her personally but from all I’ve heard she must have been a really amazing lady

  11. Shelley McMullin Miller

    So sorry to hear this news. May your fond memories bring you comfort.

  12. Teresa Viebrock

    Such joy is in my heart knowing that Miss Betty was greeted by Jesus’ open arms on Sunday. She certainly let His light shine through her in everything she said or did and especially through her piano playing. I always told her that she had no idea how much her playing was blessing others. Thank you for sharing your precious mother with all of us at GSCC. God’s peace and comfort to all of you. Love, Teresa

  13. awe Mom, you lived such a beautiful long full life. You were my inspiration as I was welcomed in the family just 20 years ago. Your oldest son Ronnie is my life. Thank you for ministering to us both to follow closer to the Lord. You have been such a matriarch of our family. We adored you and will miss you terribly. We know that you are dancing at the feet of Jesus, as you’re playing your hymns for all those loved ones that have gone before you. Mom you were the light of our life. Inspired by your marriage to Ellis for over 70 years… I’ll praise God for each year we get.
    Love you Mom, we’ll see you in eternity.

  14. shirley stanford

    Betty was the sweetest person and always shared her talents. We will miss her terribly. My prayers for the family.

  15. BeckyMcCollum

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  16. I volunteer at Good Samaritan as often as I can. Betty was such a sweet lady. She never failed to ask how I was. When I told her good news she was happy for me. She will be missed so much. Prayers for you all

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