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Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Towler

Elizabeth “Betty” Ellen Towler of Ironton, Mo., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the age of 99 years, 10 months, and 30 days. She was born on October 11, 1919 in Arkansas to the late Frank and Irene Bland.

On Aug. 30, 1942, she was united in marriage to Rev. Ernest William Towler who preceded her in death on June 20, 2002.

To this union three children were born; Bill Towler and wife Barbara of Farmington who survive, Jude Burgfeld who precedes Betty in death, and Doris Elliot who also preceded her in death.

Also surviving Betty are a son-in-law, Lawson Burgfeld, a sister Doris Markle of Pennsylvania, five grandchildren; Darren (Carrie) Burgfeld, Jamie (Darren) Hefner, Bonnie Bollinger, Kristen (Chris) Childers, and Andy (Robyn) Towler, eleven great-grandchildren; Ethan, Caleb, Callie, Dori, Max, Lawson, Layla, Hadley, Aria, Evie, and Maggie, and many other loving family members and friends.

Betty was also preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Bob Bland, a brother-in-law Howard Markle, and a grandson Gary Wayne Bollinger.

After graduating from high school Betty attended the Brown Business College of St. Louis and later founded the Silver Eagles. She was also the secretary of the Mineral Area Baptist Association for many years, an active volunteer for the Senior Center, a member of the WMU, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Ironton.

A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the First Baptist Church Ironton. Interment followed in the Hillview Memorial Gardens in Farmington, Mo. Pastor Ryan Nichols and Pastor Allan Harmening will be officiating the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church – Silver Eagles.

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