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Betty is directly responsible for this presentation.
In 2004 she not only suggested I create it ... she talked me into it.
These photographs of a Mark Twain elementary school picnic are evocative of a simpler time.
Betty age 15 with her Aunt Mildred.
Scenes Before
High School
This is Betty, her brother Curtis, and Uncle James when he was in the Navy.
Betty age 15 with her cousins and friend Barbara Watts - class of '53.
High School Memories
An evening at Ms. Abbott's house.
A Senior Y-Teen Candlelight Initiation ceremony.
Betty Wilson - Beth Fowler - Lois Garner Ann Atchinson - Carol Von Demfange
Cheesecake Betty and Beach Bum Charlie McGehee - Summer 1955
Cool cars from our high school days.
Southeast Graduates honored by Swope Park Christian Church
Front Row:  Mary Lou Erickson, Cecelia Spann, Nancy Young, Betty Wilson, Pat Corder
Back Row:  Bill Finley, Jim Jefferies, Tom Brown, Ron Hildebrand, Don Teeters
Friends of Betty
Juanita Gibson and her future husband Larry Benezette going to the Southeast Prom
Betty pledged Dorians.
The President - the second person to her right - made her life hell.
He must have been jealous of her talent. You think?
   The following are the new Dorian officers:  Shannon Jones, president; Betty Wilson, vice-president; Barb Martin, secretary; Charles McGehee, treasurer; Round Table representatives, Carole Means and Betty Schnick; Carole Means, Tower representative; Richard Tubesing and Darlene Stanley, historians; last but not least Miss Abbott, sergeant-at-arms.
Selection of Y-Teen Officers
   Y-Teen officers for the next semester are: Carol Von Demfange, president; Lois Garner, secretary; Pat Corder, treasurer; Betty Wilson, publicity chairman; and Toni Budd and Marcia Frazee, inter-club representatives.
All of these articles came from issues
of the Tower published our senior year.
National Art Honor Society
Selects 38 Members for '54
   Membership in the National Art Honor Society hast to be re-earned each year. Members for 1954 are: Pat Adamson, Donald Ames, Maren Benjamin, Barbara Boley, Dan Boswell, Rosemary Bowles, Donna Carlson, Suzan Chaffee, Patsy Conner, Judi Evans, Lois Garner, Mary Glinn, Patty Goldberg, Betty Greer, Nancy Hamilton, Shannon Jones, Rockne Krebs, Charles McGehee, Dianne Maple, Barbara Martin, Carol Means, Curry Miles, Ronald Pine, Karl Quick, Dotty Robinson, Betty Schick, Cecelia Spann, Jean Stafford, Darlene Stanley, Yvonne Straisinger, Yvonne Strode, Bob Sundquist, Richard Tubesing, Betty Wilson.
   Judges were: Miss Rosemary Beymer, art director for the Kansas City public schools; Miss Agnes Crawford, art teacher at East high school; Miss Mabel Newitt, art teacher at Northeast; and Mrs. Jerry Mannings, former art teacher at the Nelson Gallery of Art and Southeast.
Betty's Family
Betty's Family of Origin - 1996 - Five Generations
Front row:  Grandson Joshua, (David's son), mother Gladys Wilson, holding picture of grandson Philip (away in Marine Corps) Philip's wife Emily holding great granddaughter Kayleah.
Second row: Granddaughter Jessica (Jessica and Philip are Christie's children), Betty, Wilton, and daughter Christie.
All relationship references are to Betty.
Wilton, Betty, Christie, David, Debbie and Wilton Jr.
Betty and Wilton - 1962
Betty at the 2004 Reunion
Phase ONE - The Luncheon in Kansas City
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
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Betty and Wilton with Charlie and Gisela McGehee
Kay (Harkins) Gangel, Shirley (Peterman) Wheatley, Charlie, and Sandy (Steele) Jones
Phase TWO - In Branson, Missouri
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
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Betty clowning with her classmates
Mary (Hammond) Eberhardt, Carol (Dietz) Tefft, Sandy (Steele) Jones, Lois (Garner) Hightower, Betty, Carolyn (Needels) Copeland, Donna (Hargis) Kissinger and Kay (Harkins) Gangel
Betty and Wilton at Montana Mike's Steak House and at the reunion banquet
The fun day when we all went to the Yakov Show
Betty, Carolyn (Needels) Copeland and Wilton
When Betty and Wilton traveled to Kansas City she would
go to see her friends at the weekly Southeast lunches.
Betty with Sandy (Steele) Jones and Susan (Link) Bremer
Left Photo:  Betty with her Swope Park Church friends:  Larry Benezette, Pat (Corder) Valleau, Ramah (Edwards) Rembold, Jim Jefferies, Juanita (Gibson) Benezette
Right Photo:  Lois (Garner) Hightower, Betty, Pat (Corder) Valleau
Jim Jefferies, Betty, Tom Brown, Pat (Corder) Valleau
Betty Wilson Dod passed away
May 14, 2013
Betty's many high school friends miss Betty
and think of her often.
God saw her getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put his arms around her
And whispered
"Come with me."
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes The Best
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