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Betty Alkire

Betty Jo Alkire (Sharp)

Saturday, June 20th, 1942 - Saturday, September 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Betty Jo Alkire, of Independence, MO, an eclectic woman who made many people smile with her painted portraits for over 50 years, passed away on September 19, 2020. She was 78 years old. Betty was born on June 20, 1942 in Independence, Missouri, to Robert E. Sharp, Sr. and Gladys C. Sharp.

She married Daniel Wayne Hedrick in January of 1959. Five children were born to this union: Diane, Lisa, Brett, Daniel and Julie. She later met William E. Alkire and they were married in 1975. As an independent artist, Betty absolutely loved making stained glass and designing various charcoal and pen and ink portraits of people.

Her family knew her as a very independent woman, who was a workaholic, but also a loving wife, mother. Betty lived in the Ozarks for several years. It was one of her favorite places, as she loved the outdoors and nature. For many years, Betty was recognized in “Who’s Who of Midwest Artists.” She was such an ornery, friendly and fun lady who was the collector of many things and anything antique and she will be dearly missed.

Betty is survived by her children, Diana, Brett (Sheila) and Daniel (Dawn) Hedrick, Lisa Mattox, and Julie Clark; twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by the love of her life and husband, William E. Alkire; brother, Robert E. Sharp Jr. and parents Robert E. Sharp, Sr. and Gladys C. Sharp.

Cremation is planned, and the family will be having a private service to honor Betty. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks 816-252-7900)
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Cindy Baker

Posted at 11:06pm
Dearest Brett and Sheila,
What a talented and Beautiful Momma you had. I would have loved to see some of her paintings. You both have my heartfelt condolences. I know what it's like to lose your Mom, and its' so hard, but God has a way of softening the pain as time goes by. I know you have great memories. She was a beautiful lady. Love you both. Cindy.
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