Betty Jo Thompson (née Patterson)
Betty Jo Thompson (née Patterson), beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and esteemed member of her community, passed away on November 10th, 2023. She was born on December 29th, 1932, in Caruthersville, Missouri, to MaryBelle Gaddy Patterson and James Floyd Patterson. Betty Jo had a blessed childhood shared with her older brother Bob Patterson (Martha). Betty Jo’s legacy lives on through her children, Debbie Schulte (Mark), Connie Angle (Steve), and Gary Thompson (Marilyn) as well as her cherished grandchildren: Greg Schulte (Emily), Scott Schulte (Ashwinii), Catherine Feldman (Tom), John Schulte (Laura), Elizabeth Angle, Christopher Angle; Renee Hammond (Adam), Lauren Reyna (Arthur), and Jeff Thompson (Alyson). She also cherished her family Blanche and Sandra Thompson, and her 15 great grandchildren.
Betty Jo’s passion for education led her to a fulfilling career as a teacher. Her journey began in a single-room school for grade school children in Jonesboro, Arkansas. After taking a break to raise her own children, she pursued higher education at Harris Teachers College. She then embarked on a lengthy career as a public school teacher, positively impacting the lives of countless students.
A dedicated member of her community, Betty Jo was actively involved in Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, where she found solace and a spiritual community. She also dedicated over 55 years to the Daughters of the American Revolution, passionately chairing several committees. Betty Jo’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to start a catering company alongside her close family friend, Barbara Krings. They generously served Catholic Charities, making a difference in the lives of those in need.
Betty Jo’s love for the arts was evident in her volunteer work at the Fox Theater, where she shared her enthusiasm for theater with others. Her culinary skills were renowned, with her delicious chicken salad and sugar cookies becoming family favorites. She was always there for her family, offering her love, support, and a warm meals. Hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings brought her immense joy and happiness, creating cherished memories for her large family.
Betty Jo’s warm and enthusiastic personality left a lasting impression on everyone she met. Her unwavering faith and love for God were evident in her daily life. She treasured her lifelong friendships and cherished moments spent with friends, whether it was over lunch, on walks, or sharing laughter.
An avid reader, Betty Jo instilled her love for learning in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, leaving behind a legacy of knowledge and curiosity. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Graveside service was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2023, at 11:00 am in Little Prairie Cemetery in Caruthersville, Missouri, with Dr. Adams officiating.
H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.
Memorial contributions can be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at 2143 N Ballas Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory continue to inspire and uplift those she loved.