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Betty W. (Howell) Landess

June 26, 1924 ~ October 14, 2013 (age 89)

   Mrs. Betty W. Landess, 89, of the Curtis Creek Retirement Residence, died at 10:15 p.m. Monday (October 14, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born June 26, 1924 in Meredosia, Illinois, Betty was the daughter of Sam and Letha Swisher Howell.  She married Donald K. Landess on October 24, 1943 in Quincy. He preceded her in death on August 25, 2010.

     Betty was an active member of the Madison Park Christian Church.  She often spoke at community gatherings showing slides of birds and native flowers.  She and Donald were the definition of hospitality, always opening their home and lives to anyone.  Betty lived and loved living at Curtis Creek Retirement Residence in Quincy since August 2012.  She will be missed by her many friends and family.

   Betty and Donald lived in Pittsfield until 1958 when they returned to Quincy.  They owned and operated the Be Wise Modernize home improvement business in Quincy for almost 40 years.

    Survivors include a son, Lonnie Landess (Joyce) of Normal, IL; two daughters, Julia Burggraf (Randy) of Geneva, IL and Lora Gibson (Sam) of Normal, IL; seven grandchildren, Lora Cartmell (Todd), Todd Gibson (Amy), David Landess (Susan), Paul Landess (Stacie), Heather Ruestman , Scott Gibson (Holly) and Julia Byrd (Jordan); twenty  great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mrs. Landess was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; a son in law, Larry Densmore; a grandson, Matthew Densmore; four brothers, Raymond Howell, Edward Howell, Walter Howell and Robert Howell; and  six sisters, Jessie Surratt, Glenna Brass, Erma Cox, Delores Connour, Donna Evans and Helen Clay.

   Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Akers Chapel Cemetery near Plainville.

   Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to Madison Park Christian Church.
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