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Betty Jo Gramling, 92, of Galt, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri.

Betty was born on September 20, 1931 to John and Myrtle (Spencer) Lee. She was born and raised in the Milan, Missouri area and graduated from Milan High School at the age of 16 in 1948. Betty then went on to attend business school in Chillicothe, Missouri. She worked for a time in Jefferson City, Missouri at the State Capital.

She married Donald F. Lake and they lived in the eastern part of the United States until he was stationed in Iceland during the Korean War. After Donald returned home, they made their home on the Lake Family Farm south of Humphreys, Missouri where they started farming and raised their children.

Betty owned and operated many businesses in the area that she ran with her husband and children. After Donald’s passing, she later married Junior Gramling and they moved to the Kansas City area for several years before retiring back to Osgood, Missouri. She then moved to Galt housing until her passing.

Betty is survived by three children, Dail G. Lake of Galt, Missouri, Rick D. Lake (Janet) of Humphreys, Missouri, and Kathy Hoffman (Kevin) of Galt, Missouri; stepson, David Gramling (Joleen) of Florida; eleven grandchildren, Jessica, Josie, Zach, Sam, Seth, Sallie, Joshua, Jed, Gloria and Kyle; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including Gary Lee, Jerry Lee, Mac Hatcher and Sandra Spence. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Donald F. Lake; second husband, Junior A. Gramling; a granddaughter, Sarah Hall; dear mother-in-law, Jessie Lake; five brothers and sisters, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Betty enjoyed calling in to The Birthday Show on KTTN Radio every day. She loved to host family dinners. She was an avid crocheter. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband Junior and going out to eat with friends. She was a member of Galt Baptist Church and a lifelong member of the Eastern Star. Faith and Family were the most important things to Betty.

A Funeral Service for Betty was held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the Galt Baptist Church in Galt, Missouri.

Burial followed at the Humphreys Cemetery in Humphreys, Missouri.

Ruschmeier-Smith Funeral Home of Milan handled the arrangements.