Betty Ernestine Cass
Our mommy, Betty Ernestine Cass, was born the first of four daughters on April 22, 1922, and went home to be with our Lord on March 26, 2019. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger, her parents, Jim and Beulah Mobley, her husband, Norman in 1999, dear sisters, Maxine Cowan-husband John, Mary Lou Murphy-first husband Bill, and Jimmie Rhae Smith-husband Jerry, and infant grandson, Chance Buttry. She was also preceded in death by her father and mother in law, Elbert and Georgie Cass, step father Floyd Letterman, and her sisters and brothers in law, LaRue and Winford Letterman and Beulah and Otto Breshears.
She was married to Norman Cass during WWII on July 17, 1943 in Spokane, Washington and enjoyed a beautiful marriage of 56 years. To that marriage was born Majuana, Roger, Sharon and Robin. She is
survived by sisters and brothers in law, Corrine and Walter Myers, Lorinda and Paul Jump and Jim Gray surviving husband of sister Mary Lou. She is also survived by her daughters, Majuana Kibby and husband Dwight, Sharon Corum and husband Larry, and Robin Cass. She is also survived by grandchildren, Curtis Corum and wife Dee, Cassi’ Harper and husband Larry, Coby Corum and wife Laura, Nelson Kibby and wife Julie, Sonja Jacobson and husband Eric and Nathan Buttry; 17 great grand children and five great great grandchildren.
Following the war, mommy and daddy began their marriage on the family farm in Fordland. Later they farmed in Pleasant Hope and Halfway milking cows and raising beef cattle. Beginning in the seventies, they owned and operated a plating business with brother in law, Walter Myers in Marshfield while living in Fair Grove and finally retired in Marshfield. Mommy worked part time for Frisco Railroad as a comptometer operator and was an excellent home maker and mother. She often cooked for large numbers of field hands who worked for daddy. She was a great cook and given to generous hospitality; she loved to feed friends and family.
When I think of mommy, I think music. Mommy was music. My fondest memories are of all of us squeezing onto the piano bench as she played, and we all sang. In fact, very few nights were we allowed to go to bed until we had sung at least one song. She always had a song in her heart. As girls, our repertoire of music ranged from the twenties through the present time--such a rich heritage! In fact, when mommy became sick with Alzheimers and had to go into the nursing home, we took her little organ with her and continued to sing. She would play for the other residents and was convinced she was the entertainment for the evening. The last form of communication we had with her was music. Even when she could no longer talk with us, we often could get a giggle or a response if we sang to her. This morning, in the back of my dresser drawer, I found a tape of us singing and her playing. I have played it all day, and most of the music we are singing today was on that tape. What a gift she left me!
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and taught us all so much. She was the first to tell me of Jesus. I remember as a teenager getting mad at her one time and saying that I wished she could just talk to me just once without teaching. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to ask her forgiveness for that one, because as I had my own children, I realized how right she was. The Lord tells us, “Teach them (these words) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” Deuteronomy 11:19. Mommy was a lady. She loved the Lord and did her best to raise her daughters to serve him.
The family of Betty Ernestine Cass would like to thank all of our friends and family for the prayers and support you have given us through this long and difficult time. We would also like to thank Season’s Hospice for their gentle care and the Marshfield Care Center for meeting the extended needs of our mother.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Fraker Funeral Home, Inc., 1131 State Hwy. A, Marshfield, with interment following in Marshfield Cemetery. Visitation will be before the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday.