In Memory of

Betty Jean Carroll

January 3, 1934 - November 15, 2018


Betty Jean Carroll was granted her sweet reward on November 15th with her precious granddaughter, Marie right by her side. Betty’s final days were spent surrounded by the warmth and care of her loving family along with the gentle presence of her very attentive healthcare team. Betty’s strong will to live and her unwavering sense of devotion for her family carried her through with uncommon grace.

Betty was born at home on January 3rd, 1934 in Raytown, Missouri to Coy Sr. and Mary Butner. The oldest of four siblings, that reveled in each other’s company. With a real zest for life, Betty loved to facilitate and join in fun-filled family gatherings. Betty’s love was constant in sunshine and in shadow. No stranger to the trials and tribulations of life. Betty moved forward with a sense of humor, boundless energy and a strong sense of duty. Betty cared tirelessly for her beloved mother in her home for years. Betty believed intensely in the importance of family and carrying on her legacy of love. Indeed, she did-in all the fortunate lives she touched and formed with such magnanimity. Betty instilled in her family an appreciation of the outdoors and respect for all living beings.

Betty was preceded in death by her beloved parents, husband Robert Carroll, and daughter Rose Marie Meredith.

Betty is not only cherished and remembered fondly for her fierce devotion for family, but her many talents, passions and skills, such as delicious cooking and baking from scratch, gardening, playing cards and slot machines, camping and traveling… just to name a few. Betty possessed a sweet tooth, contagious smile, a heart of gold, a mind generated by thoughtful understanding, eyes that looked through affection, legs that would run to your side, arms wide open ready to wrap you up in her rare and inspiring warmth.

Betty’s measured decline and the pull of Alzheimer’s certainly diminished Betty’s capability to engage in that very same amazing way, head to toe. It is however, evident that Betty’s beautiful essence remained as luminous as ever and transcends all bounds still. Her kind and true love ways of living generously will live on by her excellent example, in all she leaves behind.

Betty is survived by her lovingly supportive siblings and their spouses; Barbara Shockey (Leroy), James Butner (Linda), Coy Butner Jr.(Glenda); Betty’s adored children and spouses, Debra Zellmer (Bill), David Carroll (Jo-Ann); Betty’s absolute pride and joy Grandchildren and Spouses, Amy Sheets (Claud), Marie Bodenhamer (Josh ), Robert Zellmer (Sam), Laura Demmer (Brian), Patrick Keene; and seven great grandchildren. Betty loved and adored in equal measure her wonderfully caring nieces, nephews, cousins, their children and their children’s children.

The family of Betty Jean Carroll is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support in the countless heartfelt forms from too many people to name individually. You all continue to be such a valuable blessing. In love and in thanksgiving, we lift you in prayer and for the guidance to be able to pay your kindness forward. A special thank you to the angelic staff at Saint Mary’s Manor and Crossroads Hospice. We are deeply humbled and forever grateful for the exemplary care, compassion and dignity that you continuously brought to Betty and extended to us each and every visit.

A visitation for Betty will be 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Elves of Christmas Present, PO Box 3535 Olathe, KS. 66063, Crossroads Hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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I was so privilege to have met this wonderful woman! Her love for her entire family shows through and through, deeply and pure. My thoughts are with you all as you celebrate her life and honor her. I am so sorry for your loss! Much love, Bernadette

Our hearts are heavy for this time if separation… The never ending love will continue beyond our comprehension of time, and the memories of devotion will always stand. May your heart’s be lifted with the knowledge of the reunion to come. Our prayers for substance and strength to each one, as you walk step by step in the days to come. God speed, hugs and prayers, the Hartwig’s.

Please accept our deepest condolences. It sounds like Betty was an amazing daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. It sounds as though her home was a place one could go in good times and bad. What a gift that is! Her son, David, and his wife Jo are a testament to her values. David and Jo live every day with purpose and spread love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May peace come to you all.

Dear David and JoAnn,
I am so very sorry you have lost your precious Mom, Betty.
I know how deeply you loved her with all of your heart. You both cherished your time together, with wonderful refreshing walks and sweet ice cream treats. Betty’s love will always be in your hearts. My thoughts, my prayers and my heart are with you.
Love Peggy Eymann

My prayers are with you. May God bless and comfort you at this time and always. Betty was a blessing to all who knew her. She is a part of so many happy memories of family all together. My Mom (Frankie) loved her cousin so much! Now they are together again – clear of mind and whole in body. Praise the Lord of salvation and all good gifts!

Dear Carroll Family, it is so hard to be away from you at this sad and yet happy time of your life. Sad for your loss but happy Betty is no longer suffering. They call it the long goodbye but is still the same pain when our love ones pass. May you always be surrounded by her love for you all and smile as she comes to mind. For us we will always be grateful for the son she raised. He is a man of great honor, a loving soul that thinks of everyone before himself. David you are the best man we know and your loving mom was such a big part in that. We will always remember her big smile and so glad we had time with her in Ca. Love to your whole family , wish we could be there to hug each and everyone of you.
All our Love Denny and Marilyn

Dale and I want to give you our condolences at the loss of your sister. Let your good memories help ease your grief. We love you all.

David, Jo & Family,
Thinking of you with love and heartfelt sympathy. A very beautiful tribute to your Mom.
Much love,

So sorry for the loss of your Mother, Debby and David. Sending hugs and Prayers to comfort you both.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Tuesday, November 20, 2018
11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063