Alice Elizabeth Moody “Betty” Eastin, age 96, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. She was born April 26, 1917, in Lenexa, Kansas, a daughter of the late Raymond and Alice Elizabeth Fox Moody.
On January 26, 1941, at the Moody family farm in Greenly, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Parker D. Eastin, who preceded her in death on December 9, 1989.
Betty, lovingly known as “Aunt Ebe” by her family, worked at KATZ in Kansas City in the 1930’s, was the first female Kansas City Police School Crossing Guard in the 1950’s and 1960’s, worked at Macy’s in Kansas City and also at Kansas City Shippers. She retired and moved to her lake home in Sunrise Beach in 1976. There, she worked at Rosemary’s Card Shop for over 20 years. Her last employment was at Ozark Barbeque, working there until age 90.
She was able to stay at home, thanks to her daughter-in-law, Diane, who lived with her the last 6 years of her life. Also, special thanks to the Veterans Survivors Benefit, that provided in home care from Melanie Hanlon, a special friend.
She was a member of Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie where she was involved in the Care Corp. She was also a Daughter of the American Revolution. Betty was a member of the Ozark Lakers Square Dance Club where she volunteered as secretary sending birthday and anniversary cards to all her friends and continued to do so well into her 90’s.
Betty is survived by her son, Parker D. Eastin II and wife Diane of Sunrise Beach; daughter, Sabra E. Shirrell and husband Alan of Tecumseh, Kansas; granddaughter, Dr. Ashley Diehl of Kalamazoo, Michigan; several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Grace Moody of Olathe, Kansas and Jenny Moody of Arnold, Missouri; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her twin brother, Dr. Robert Moody, brother and sister-in-law, Austin and Juanita Moody and brother, Edward Moody.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3rd, at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie with Pastor Rick White officiating. In honor of Betty, the family requests those attending the service wear red as this was Betty’s favorite color. Memorial contributions are suggested to S.T.A.F.F. Animal Rescue in Sunrise Beach. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.