Betty J. Baxter, 97 of Carlinville, formerly of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and Rutland, Illinois, died Sunday, September 13, at Carlinville Area Hospital. She was born on July 20, 1923 in Carlinville, the daughter of F.F. and Lillian (Denby) Bates.
She married Gerald Baxter in New York City on February 24, 1944, who preceded her in death on August 19, 2011. She was a lifelong homemaker who focused on her family. They all loved her famous “Grammy’s Coffee Cake” and her daughters loved her hand-sewn prom dresses.
Betty had an independent spirit, was an avid golfer, a golf fan later in life and a voracious reader her entire life.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Hamilton (Don) of Carlinville; daughter, Jill Hamilton (Gary) of Pawnee; son, Jeff Baxter of Rutland, IL; daughter, Julie Olsen (Brad) of Memphis, TN; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Errol Baxter (Doris) of North Aurora, IL; brother-in-law, Jim Baxter (Noreen) of Charlotte, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Thackery and brother, Marion “Buzz” Bates.
Graveside memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Rutland Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Madonna Learning Center, Inc. 7007 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN, 38138. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home Carlinville is assisting the family with arrangements.