Betty Lou Cobb

NOTICE: The graveside services originally scheduled for Tuesday have been moved to Thursday at 11 am at Union Cemetery. A procession will leave Worden United Methodist Church at 10:30.

Betty Lou Cobb (Martin, Butler), 88, formerly of Baldwin City, Kansas and Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on September 28, 2018.

Betty suffered for many years from Alzheimer’s.

She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to James and Mildred Martin. She was the youngest of 6 children. Her sisters Erma, Opal, Vera, and brothers, Ray and Lee all preceded her in death.

Betty was a lifelong educator, including teaching music in Lawrence, Kansas for many years. She loved music and played many instruments and particularly enjoyed teaching the special education students.

Betty had many hobbies, including wheat-weaving and painting. She was a member of Worden United Methodist Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Gene Orie Cobb.

She is survived by two sons, David Butler of Ozawkie, Kansas and Ken Butler, of Topeka, Kansas; a niece, Jeanne (Barry) of Topeka; brother in law, Marion of Lawrence; step daughter, Cindi (George) of Tonganoxie; step daughter, Jennifer Leach (Coy) of Peoria, Illinois; stepson David Cobb (Carol) of Olathe; twelve grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 am Thursday at Union Cemetery in rural Douglas County. A procession will leave Worden United Methodist Church at 10:30 am.

Contributions in the name of Betty Cobb can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 W. 75th St. Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 or online at

Messages & Condolences

From Patsy Burkhead Huffman...

I am sorry to read about your mother. My heart understands the sadness you and your family are experiencing. I just lost my mother unexpectedly a few short weeks ago. It’s a tough time. I hope you are doing well. Prayers for you all

From Mary Gordon...

Dear Dave and Ken,
I just loved your mother. She was so much fun, as well as being extremely talented. I had planned to come to the graveside service yesterday, but my sister, Martha Parker, had a heart cath procedure at LMH. Your mom sang at my mother’s funeral. I was so glad to see you, Dave, at Gene’s service I am sad to hear that your mother had such terrible final years. Love, Mary Gordon

From Tom Christie...

So sorry to read about your Mother’s passing. She was a great person and a wonderful teacher. I remember being in her class at Wakarusa Valley. She was kind, compassionate, and dedicated to each and everyone of us. She will always bring a warmth to my heart and a smile to my face.

From Debbie House Walker...

David, just read the news about your Mom in the Lawrence Journal World. Sending my love and sympathy.

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