Betty Jane Plath

BUCKLEY — Betty Jane Plath, 83, of Gibson City, formerly of Buckley, died at 5:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at the Villas of Holly Brook in Gibson City.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 206 E. Main St., Buckley, with the Rev. J. Kevin Wyckoff and the Rev. Timothy Hahn officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Buckley. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the church. Baier Family Funeral Services in Buckley is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Plath was born Jan. 7, 1936, the daughter of Theodore and Bertha Hogrefe Ennen. She married Russell Plath on Nov. 3, 1956, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley. He survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Melinda (Mark) Piper of Champaign; a son, Randy (Annette) Plath of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Alexa Waller, Taylor Waller, Kevin Plath, Kristine Plath and Ryan Plath; three step-grandsons, Derek Piper, Josh Piper and Chris Piper; and four great-grandchildren, Parker Odom, Reagan Odom, Katie Morenz and Camdyn Piper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and seven sisters.

Mrs. Plath graduated from Buckley-Loda High School in 1953. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley and was an active member of St. John’s Ladies Aid, the Buckley American Legion Auxiliary and the Iroquois County Historical Society. She enjoyed volunteering at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, Gibson Area Hospital, St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley and Christ Lutheran School in Buckley. She had also served as Girl Scouts leader for several years and was an Iroquois County election judge for many years.

Family was very important to her. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was truly the hands and feet of the Lord, giving generously of her time and talents. She loved to bake and enjoyed taking baked goods to various bake sales. She also enjoyed sewing, needle point and quilting with the St. John’s ladies, and she loved to garden and play cards with her friends and family.

Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran High School or an organization of the donor’s choice.

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