Betty Jo Dunkeson, age 91, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Arbors of MacKenzie Place in Fort Collins, CO. She was the daughter of the late Edward C. Bryson and Ethelyn (Baldwin) Bryson. Betty married Robert L. Dunkeson June 3rd, 1948; he preceded her in death in July, 2006.
Betty graduated from Hickman High School, Columbia (Christian) College and the University of Missouri. She taught school in Centralia, MO and was very involved with the First Christian Church of Columbia, MO. After her three daughters were born, she devoted her time to many charities and organizations volunteering at her children’s schools as PTA, home room and Girl Scout leader. Betty was an environmentalist and loved long summer vacations to National Parks. She was very proud that her husband, three daughters and two sons-in-law all worked for the National Park Service.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Patricia Newman (Thomas), Fort Collins, CO, granddaughter, Sara Bryson Newman (Andrew) Denver, CO and two step-grandchildren. Two daughters, Cynthia Dunkeson Nielsen (Wayne) and Deann Dunkeson Overfelt (Craig) preceded her in death.
Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, MO at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the National Park Foundation, First Christian Church of Jefferson City, MO, or the Alzheimer’s Association.