Betty Sue Southerd
Betty Sue Southerd, 65, of Mt. Vernon died 5:50 p.m. Aug. 20, 
2005, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

She was a breakfast cook at Holiday Inn for 28 1/2 years.

Mrs. Southerd was born March 29, 1940, in Mt. Vernon to John W. and 
Ethel Maude (Carpenter) Meadows. She married Gale Southerd June 1, 1978, 
in Mt. Vernon; he survives.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Osborn Funeral Home in 
Dix.  Richard Pierce will officiate.  Burial will follow at Boyd 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix.

Mrs. Southerd is survived by her husband, Gale Southerd of Mt. Vernon; 
a son, Billie Beckham and wife Crystal of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Sue 
Cox and husband Harold of Mt. Vernon; two stepdaughters, Sharon Thomas 
and husband Bob of Mt. Vernon and Carol Riggs and husband Mike of 
Centralia; grandchildren Heather and Matt Arnett, Alisa Cox, Amand Thomas, 
Christopher and Kristy Riggs and Blase Beckham, all of Mt. Vernon, 
Cassandra and Michael Caldwell of Denver, Colorado, Phillip and Cindi Thomas 
of Missouri, Michael Riggs of Centralia and Mark Riggs of Centralia; 
great-grandchildren Keira Arnett of Mt. Vernon, Christopher and Shelby 
Riggs of Kankakee, Sumer Riggs of Mt. Vernon, Meranda, Blyke and Kassi 
Riggs, all of Mt. Vernon, and Kelsey, Amelia, and Jessica Thomas, all of 
Missouri; sisters Shirley Anderson and husband Mike of Memphis, Tenn., 
Sharion Johnson and husband Jerry of Woodlawn, Ida Reeves of Mt. Vernon 
and Vera Hayes and husband Rick of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and 

She was preceded in deathy by her parents; a brother, John Henry 
Meadows; a stepbrother, Edward Tate; and three sisters, Rita Meadows, Nancy 
Meadows and Elizabeth Meadows.

Mrs. Southerd attended Ebenezer and Rome grade schools.  She was of the 
Baptist faith.

Memorials may be made to Relay For Life and will be received at the 
funeral home at amy time.

For more information, you may contact Osborn Funeral Home at 266-7231.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News 
Date: 08-21-2005
Submitted by: Ida Reeves
Relationship - Sister

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