Betty Ethelwyn Dodd

Betty E. Dodd, 95, died at 5:15 a.m. Aug. 25, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1922, in Huntington, Ind., the daughter of Albert and Ethelwyn Beal Heinss. Both parents are deceased. She was an only child.

She married Byron E. Dodd on Feb. 17, 1946, in Indianapolis, Ind. They later moved to Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on March 21, 1988.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Byron A. and Rita Dodd of Anna; two daughters and spouses, Carolyn and Ron Cross of Jonesboro and Patricia and David Weaver of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Wendi Weaver of Bloomington, Braxton (Katie) Weaver of Des Peres, Mo., Laura Cross of St. Louis, Megan Sherrill of Jonesboro, Bradley (Danielle) Dodd of Anna and Ryan Dodd of Anna; great-grandchildren include Callaway Dancause of Bloomington, Lily Baker and Adelle Sherrill of Jonesboro, Camden and Brody Weaver of Des Peres, Mo., and Briana Dodd of Anna.

She retired in 1984 after 19 years with the USDA Forest Service, Jonesboro Ranger District as business management assistant. Previously she held secretarial positions with Allison Division, GMC and Pittman-Moore Biological Laboratories in Indianapolis, Ind., and bookkeeping positions for private industry in Southern Illinois.

She also was a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile and a member of Anna Women’s Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, where she served many years in the church media library and later as library director.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved to play both piano and Monopoly with her family. She always had a welcoming smile and generous heart which she openly shared with family, friends and strangers.

Funeral services were at noon Monday, Aug. 28, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Jerry Ford officiating. Interment was in the Jonesboro Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro building fund or to the church library.

To leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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