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Martha Rose Bethel, 100, of New Florence, formerly of Danville, Mo., passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at New Florence Nursing & Care Center, New Florence.
Mrs. Bethel was born in Wellsville, Mo. on October 21, 1913, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Adelia Mae (Collyer) Prior.
She was the widow of Kenneth George Bethel. They were married September 2, 1933 at Hermann.
Martha is survived by a son, Kenneth “Junior” Bethel of Montgomery City, son James Bethel and wife, Phyllis, of Danville, daughter Carolyn See and husband, Larry, of Wellsville, son Monte Bethel and wife, Judy, of Danville, son Ronald Bethel and wife, Judy, of New Florence, daughter Ruth Schaefer and husband, Jerry, of Rhineland, and 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, by four sisters, Virginia Millam, Nellie Mae Hart, Sarah Elizabeth Landrum and Mary Isabelle Dieckman; by four brothers, Edward, Price, Les Prior and a one in infancy; by a grandchild, Tracy Bethel, two great-grandchildren, Joshua Schaefer and Zack See; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Kay Bethel; and a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Westhoelter.
Martha worked at several factories during her life, including Samuels Shoe Factory in Fulton, Beacon Shoe Company in Jonesburg, and the garment factory in Wellsville. She and her husband also owned and operated the Village Cafe in Danville, Mo.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 20, at Baker-Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, New Florence.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. also from the funeral home. Burial was at New Florence Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the cemetery or Helen Reagan Cancer Fund, c/o Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home.