Betty M. Essenpreis
Betty M. Essenpreis, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, January 4 at Helia Health Care. Funeral services will be Monday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials are suggested to The Simple Room or the Presbyterian Church.
Betty May Ragland, the daughter of Thornton William Ragland and Florence Spencer Ragland, was born on September 1, 1921 in Racine, Wisconsin. Betty moved to Greenville at the age of three where she attended Inglis School and graduated from Greenville High School in 1939. She attended Blackburn College for one year then became the secretary for Harry Baumberger Insurance on the square in Greenville. Betty and her husband owned and operated Greenville Firestone, later changing the name to Main Tire and Battery.
Betty and Edwin John Essenpreis were united in marriage on October 12, 1941 at the Ragland Home on North Elm Street and enjoyed over 55 years together before his death on May 26, 1997. Betty is survived by their six children: Judith Ready, Belleville, IL, Jan Weaver, Balwin, MO, Cynthia Essenpreis, Olivette, MO, David (Prescilla) Essenpreis of Joliet, IL, Don (Kim) Essenpreis of Garland, TX, Jon Essenpreis of Greenville, 7 grandchildren: Scott (Karen) Ready of Millstadt, IL, Deren Ward of Maryland Heights, MO, Kari Ward of Olivette, MO, Drew Essenpreis of Greenville, Dan Essenpreis of Greenville, Rev. Spencer (Kari) Essenpreis of Henderson, KY, Shannon (Derek) Fortenberry of New Albany, MS, and six great-grandchildren: Brittani, Abby, Naomi, Jon August, Willow, and Dempsey.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ed, and two brothers: Don Ragland and Dewey Duane Ragland.
Betty was a member of the Pierian Club and her Church, the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.
Carol A. Greek
Carol A. Greek, age 71, of north of Greenville, passed away Monday, January 6, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.
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