On March 17, 1931 a little girl was born to C.R. “Bob” and Luda (Corn) Sapp. The older sisters named her Betty Lou after a doll they always played with when they visited their cousins. She was the seventh child out of eight children. At the age of twelve in November 1943, she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized and united with the Calvary Baptist Church. Betty loved her church and played the piano there for seventy-eight years. Betty graduated from Exeter High School. For several years Betty owned and operated a ceramic shop and she enjoyed her farm and loved her family and friends.
Betty married Wilbur Thomas September 30, 1951. Wilbur was in the U.S. Army at the time and was sent to Germany where their first son was born, Ronnie Dean in 1955. They returned to the states in 1956. Betty’s mother became very ill with cancer and passed away in May, 1957. In 1960 another son was born, Randy Scott. At that time they bought a farm and built a house in the country where they have lived ever since. In 1966 another son was born, Tony Neil. She raised the three boys while Wilbur worked construction out of town. Betty’s dad, Bob Sapp became ill in 1972 with a heart condition. She and the boys took care of him. The boys helped with his farm work and cared for his Herford cattle. As long as their Grandpa Sapp was able, he lived alone on his farm, but in 1976 he came and lived with Betty, Wilbur and the boys until his death in 1980. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Wilbur on January 15, 2018; two brothers, Lois Sapp and Troy Sapp and four sisters, Lucille Williams, Ruth Brendlinger, Amanda Cooper and Helen Sapp.
Surviving are three sons, Ronnie Thomas and his wife Cheryall of Exeter, Missouri and Randy Thomas and his wife Jenny and Tony Thomas and his wife Stephanie all of Cassville, Missouri; one sister, Barbara Mitchell and her husband Albert of Springfield, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Chasity, Michael, Jessica, Jason, Jenna, Brittany, Brandon and Tanner and sixteen great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 21, 2021 at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Randy Comer and Pastor Jerry Yarnall will conduct the services. Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Exeter.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Fund in memory of Betty.
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