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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 20, 2014

OBITUARY ~ BETTY LOUISE (MOORE) LOVING
June 02, 1924 ~ February 09, 2014

Betty Louise (Moore) Loving, 89, Independence, MO passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Bob Kyser of Independence, Missouri, after a battle with cancer. She was born June 2, 1924 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Ross Hunter and Estella Clarice (Smith) Moore.

Betty attended elementary school at Border Star Elementary School and was a 1941 graduate of Southwest High School in Kansas City, MO, and received her AA degree in 1943 from Graceland College.

At Graceland she met Paul M. Loving and the two were married on July 1, 1944, while Paul was home on leave from the Navy during World War II.

Daughter Diane was born in 1945 while Paul was still serving in the South Pacific. When Paul finished his military service, the family moved to Iowa City, where he continued his education at the University of Iowa.

The family lived in a number of communities in Iowa and Nebraska over the next few years and son Paul was born in 1948, daughter Valle in 1950, Kim in 1952, Cindy in 1954 and Joel in 1956.

After several years in Lamoni, Iowa, and a year in Boston,Massachusetts, the family settled in Overland Park, Kansas, where they lived for 36 years. Paul and Betty retired to Independence, Missouri in 1998. Paul preceded Betty in death in 2007 after 62 years of marriage.

As well as being mother to the family's six children, Betty worked in the school cafeteria and for 21 years served as a paraprofessional in a special education program in the Shawnee Mission school district before her retirement. She developed a cookbook and other step-by-step manuals to help students learn intricate tasks.

One of Betty's passions was opera and she could be found many Saturday mornings listening to the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, often referring to Milton's Corrs's "The New Complete Stories of the Great Operas' to give details of the music. She was a wonderful cook and a welcoming hostess to many more than her own family over the years. Thanksgiving dinner with more than 30 people gathered around the table was commonplace. She was an avid reader of magazines, newspapers and books and loved to work the crossword puzzles.

She loved to follow the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and "Nana" was adopted by many of her grandchildren's friends.

Even in her final days with cancer, her wit, impish smile and ready lavugh ever evident.

Her legacylives on in the lives of those she touched over the years including her children and their spouses, Diane Louise and Bob Kyser, Paul Eric and Sandi Loving, Valle Jo and Alan Smith, Lucinda Gale and Charles Kincaid and Joel Mark and Kim (Deni) Loving; 17 grandchildren and their spouses, Andrew and Emily Kyser, Troy and Julie Kyser, Eric and Teresa Loving, Jami and Brian Reese, Shane and Rachel Loving, Stefan Loving, Adison Loving, Stacy Viter, Nathan and Julie Smith, Eric and Peter Cornish, Cara Smith< Elijah and Erin Loving, Rebecca and Brett Jagger, Chris Loving and fiance' Stephanie Wangler, Kacey and Bryan courtney, Bret and Amy Loving and Biran and Megan Loving; 22 great grandchildren, Jack Kyser, Colin Kyser, Madelin Loving, Brendan Loving, Natalie Loving, Aleah Reese, Rylee Reece, Jillian Reece, Alexander Loving, Isaac Loving, Hunter Loving, Elisha cornish,Millicent Cornish, Esther Cornish, Azriel Loving, Liora Loving< Eliana Loving, Elizabeth Jagger, Ava Courtney, Allister Courtney and Brady Loving; daughter-in-law, Cathy Loving; sisters-in-law Lois Moore and Donna Moore. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Paul Loving in 2007; son, Kim Loving; brothers Phillip Moore and Howard Moore; and her parents, Ross and Estella Moore.

A memorial service was held at Good Shepherd Community of Christ in Independence, MO Friday, February 14, at 10:00 a.m. with inurnment in a private ceremony at Mount Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Shawnee Mission School District Special Education Program; Arrowhead Administrative Building attn.: Deborah Meyer 6601 Santa Fe Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600) Speaks Suburban Funeral Home, 18020 E. 39th St, Independence, MO 64051, 816-373-3600

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2014

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