Obituary and Service Information for Betty Lou Whayne
|Whayne, Betty Lou|
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Virtual Service via the Peace Tabernacle Facebook Page
Peaceful Ridge Cemetery
Peace Tabernacle United Penecostal Church of Hillsboro, Missouri
Betty Lou (Theissen) Whayne of High Ridge, Missouri, was called home on August 26, 2020 at Mercy South, St Louis. Betty was born in Gasconade, Missouri on June 14, 1938, the daughter of the late Wessel Clarence and Leona Margaret (Van Booven) Theissen of St. Louis.
Betty was well-known for her love for Jesus and everyone around her, her beautiful smile, and her infectious enthusiasm. She was “Aunt Betty” to everyone. Betty was a party waiting to happen. She loved to cook, eat, host parties, and send everyone home with leftovers for the next three days. She knew how to put everyone at ease and make them feel loved, included, and as though they were her special friend. In high school, Betty worked at Diamonds Restaurant and Inn on Route 66, where she held the record for the most cups of coffee delivered to customers at one time- sixteen! She was also captain of the volleyball team. After high school, Betty attended Conquerors Bible College in Portland, Oregon. She worked at Rawlings, and later at the Word Aflame Bookstore and the United Pentecostal Church International Pentecostal Publishing House. She worked there for 41 years as a bookkeeper before working as supervisor of the order department, and later, as a sales representative and ladies director. During this time, she and her husband taught Sunday School (Youthquake) for teenagers and young adults at Peace Tabernacle church, and put together a close-knit group of young people who continued to look to her for guidance even into their middle-aged years. They were also Bible Quiz coaches and spent many hours helping teenagers hide the word of God in their hearts. Later, her work for the Lord continued as Senior Life Coordinator, where her enthusiasm and passion continued to inspire and involve the senior members of the church. During the last five years of her life, she worked at Laurie’s Shoes as a greeter, giving every customer her unique smile. Betty held many titles in her life, but the most important one to her was “Nana.” Her life revolved around her grandchildren, who say she could have written a book on How to be the Best Nana.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Wessel and Leona Theissen of St. Louis; three sisters, Frances Weissenbach of Glasco Village, Neoma Craig of Troy, and Mary Weith of Hermann; and two brothers, Glendo “Blitz” Theissen of St. Louis, and Donald “Buck” Theissen of Valmar, IL.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Omer Whayne II of High Ridge; their children, Donald and Teena (Whayne) McAdams, of High Ridge, Erick Whayne of Oxford, WI, stepdaughter Randy and Sherma (Groves) Peters; grandchildren Blake and Taylor (McAdams) Zenobia of Grand Haven, MI, Joshua McAdams of High Ridge, and Randy Peters, Jr; sisters Flora “May May” Jones of Imperial, Martha (Leroy) Decker of Imperial, Ruth Ann Tipton of Arnold, and Trinkia (Sonny) Plumb of High Ridge, brothers Rudy (Pat) Theissen of Hillsboro and Lacy (Juanita) Whayne of Troy; and countless nieces, nephews, and family members she adopted throughout her years of service to God. All look forward to seeing her again in heaven.