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Betty Jean Duren died suddenly in Riverside, Calif., at the age of 89, on Nov. 20, 2012.

Betty Jean McRae was born in Herington, Kan., Dec. 13, 1922, to Samuel and Sophie McRae. She was the second oldest in a family of seven children. She met Robert D. (RD) Duren when they both worked in an airplane factory in Kansas City. He proposed when he was in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII after knowing her for only several weeks. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas was playing in the background. They were married in Goldsboro, N.C., on May 7, 1943.

In 1955, they moved with their two daughters from Independence, Mo., to Whittier, Calif., where Bob worked for General Motors. She worked for Ralphs Lawn Equipment until well after he retired. Only after he purchased a motor home and set out a roommate wanted sign on the window did Betty finally relent and retire. Together they toured America off and on for several years with and without grandchildren in tow.

After retiring their motor home, they purchased a second home in Bob’s hometown of Glasgow, and spent equal time in California and Missouri. Betty was known for the gift of gab and earned the nickname of “motor mouth.” An avid solitaire player, she was a stubborn woman refusing to succumb to cancer several times, and at the advice of her doctor, walked two miles a day until well into her 80s. After 67 years of marriage Robert left this world much to Betty’s despair in late September of 2010.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Ann Pack and Trudy Lynn Milne as well as honorary son and daughter-in-law, Rex and Anita Bowlin; grandchildren, Laura Rice, David and Laura Pack, Tara Tiffany, Tim and Soo Lohse and David A. Milne; honorary granddaughters, Courtney Bowlin and Christine Mounsey; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rice, D.J. Rice, Chana Peaker, Curt Rigney, Tristan, Abigail and Christan Lohse. She is also survived by three brothers, Tom, Don and Wayne McRae and one sister, Carol Deason.

Betty will be remembered for her sweetness, love of family and friends, and her generous spirit.

Services will be held at Richland Christian Church in Glasgow Saturday (today) at 1 p.m. with Revs. James Crooks and Lewis Odneal officiating. Visitation was from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Chapel in Glasgow. Burial will follow the service at the Boonesboro Cemetery. A reception will be held after the graveside at the Glasgow Senior Center
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Research, Cancer Research, or the Glasgow Senior Center in are of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 112 Market St., Glasgow, MO 65254.

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