Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Harris Crigler 1937-2018

May 07, 2018

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Harris Crigler passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Monroe Manor in Paris.

Funeral services will be held at Agnew Funeral Home in Paris at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 4, 2018 with Reverend John Grimmett and Pastor Bob Fisher officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., at Agnew Funeral Home. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Betty jean was born on May 22, 1937 in Hannibal, Mo., the daughter of Wesley Earl Harris and Edna Rothfuss, and later Richard (Tuffy) Gordanier. She grew up in Ely, Mo., and attended Ely and Monroe City schools and graduated from Monroe City in 1954. She spent a lot of her childhood with her grandparents Corbin and Julia Harris in Ely, Mo. She married George Calvin Crigler on Aug. 19, 1956 and he survives at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris. They lived in Mexico a short time and then moved back to rural Monroe County. Betty worked for the National Garment Factory in Paris and Diemakers in Monroe City and Palmyra.

They have three children; Jacqueline (Ed) Bordeleau of Paris, Jeanne (Donald) Shuck of Perry and Joseph Crigler of Paris. Betty is also survived by five (5) grandchildren; Brandy Bordeleau of Moberly, Eric (Heidi) Bordeleau of Paris, David (Emily) Young of Paris, Jeremy (Kristy) Shuck of Perry, and Julia Shuck of Kenya, Africa. There are five (5) great-grandchildren; Austin Wilkerson, Chealsea Pollard, Andrew Young, Jared Shuck and Karsen Shuck. Betty is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Betty and George went on many trips touring the United States, for many years in a pop-up camper. They also loved square dancing, going to auctions, Monroe County Saddle Club and Garden Club. The Crigler’s hosted an annual fish fry at their farm for many years, which drew a big crowd for the great fish and jam session afterward. After retirement, Betty became very involved in the Monroe County Historical Society. She always loved walking around in cemeteries trying to connect and preserve history. Betty and George also enjoyed their close neighbors and Route U, where they celebrated many birthdays and played cards. Betty is a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church and more recently attended the Florida Presbyterian Church.

Memorials can be made in memory of Betty Crigler to the Monroe County Historical Society.