Betty Lou (Loewe) Gilmartin, age 83, of Liberal, MO, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019. Betty was born October 17, 1935 to Paul Julius and Ethel (Smith) Loewe. Betty graduated from Lamar High School in 1953. She married Joseph Anthony Gilmartin October 18, 1953. Joe preceded her in death on April 30, 2014. Betty is survived by three children; a daughter Christine Fast and husband Lester of Liberal and two sons; Kent Gilmartin and James Gilmartin and wife Karen, both of Lamar, MO. Betty was a homemaker and spent endless hours making quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving grandchildren include Rachel Miller and husband Erik, Chris Wood, Brent Fast and wife Jenn, Andrea Jones and husband Rob, Amber Payne and husband Mike, April Brown and husband Tim, Austin Gilmartin and wife Alana, Heather Costley and husband Joe, Dylan Gilmartin and wife Abby, and Krista Gilmartin, and 12 great-grandchildren; Garrett, Delaney and Gunner Miller, Augie and Logan Fast, Rye and Emmer Jones, Justin and Copelyn Payne, Brynlee and Adalynn Brown, and a baby on the way belonging to Heather and Joe Costley arriving in December. Betty is also survived by a brother Gene Loewe, three sisters; Velma Crockett, Nadine Mayfield and Wilma Braker, all of Lamar, and a host of nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joe, a daughter Carolyn Wood, a granddaughter; Melissa Wood, a daughter-in-law Carol (Rodney) Gilmartin, 2 sisters and spouses; Irene Westbay and husband Harold and Edna Mae Mayfield and husband Chuck, and brothers-in-law Wayne Braker, Bobby Crockett and Delbert Mayfield.
There will be a graveside service 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Barton City Cemetery. Pastor Robb Hodson will officiate. Friends may call at the Konantz Warden Funeral Home Tuesday evening at the visitation from 7 to 8 P.M.
Memorial donations may be given to the Barton City Cemetery.