Bette Jo Sears peacefully passed Saturday, November 7, 2020, at her home. She was born October 13,
1944, in Burns, OR to William (Bill) Aaron Hastings Jr. and Evelyn Joyce Hastings (Gatlin). She graduated
from Fremont High School in Oakland, CA. She was married in 1967 to Mike Sears, and moved shortly
after, making Kansas City her new home.
A memorial service in her honor will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 14, 2020, at the Langsford
Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, in Lee’s Summit, MO. Visitation will be from 2:00-2:30, followed by a
memorial ceremony, celebrating her life starting at 2:30 pm.
Bette is preceded in death by her father and mother, and her son, Eddie Sears. She looked forward to
being reunited with all of them again in Heaven. She is survived by her brother, Bill Hastings (Ronda),
her daughter, Casie Scott (Michael), five grandsons, Jake Dearinger, Caleb Sears, Connor Scott, Ryan
Scott, and Logan Scott, as well as three nephews, Lance Christensen, Aaron Hastings, and Matthew
Bette will forever be remembered as someone who loved fiercely, had a smile that lit up the room, was
loyal to family and friends, and was well trained by the many dogs she had over the years. She always
put family first. She always spoke of how proud she was of her grandsons, and only joked occasionally
that she didn’t have a granddaughter to dote on. She could be heard cheering over everyone else and
was brought to tears at band and choir concerts knowing her grandsons were part of making such
beautiful sounds. She loved her daughter and son like no other and was quick to welcome their spouses
into the fold. There was nothing more she loved than being with family. Bette had a motto when you
first came to her house; “I’ll serve you the first time, but from then on out, you’re on your own”. That
was her way of letting you know you were no longer a stranger, but a friend and family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the
Kansas City Pet Project, both very close to Bette’s heart.