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Betty Hegwood10/17/2008
Betty Jean Ellis was born April 10, 1931, in Knoxville. She was one of two children
born to Hazel Irene Smith and John Irvin Hegwood. Betty graduated from Knoxville
High School and spent her entire life in Marion County.
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Betty Jean Hegwood was united in marriage to Glenn L. Ellis of Lacona on Sept. 10,
1952. To this union two children were born. During her marriage Betty and Glenn
bought and restored cars. This interest in cars continued throughout her life. Glenn
passed away on Nov. 5, 1967. Betty later met her longtime companion, Joseph William
"Bill" Hendricks.
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Betty enjoyed making a home for her family, baking and shopping. She always had
a tender spot in her heart for stray animals and birds.
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Betty Jean Ellis passed away on Oct. 17, 2008, in Des Moines at the age of 77.
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Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, longtime companion; Bill Hendricks,
and son; Glenn. Those left to mourn her passing are one daughter, Joni R. Pierce
of Dallas, Texas; her sister-in-law, Gladys Snyder of Ankeny; her nephew, John I.
Hegwood and family of Phoenix, Ariz., her close friend, De Wilbur of Carlisle and
several cousins and acquaintances. <br />
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Mrs. Ellis was cremated. A committal service will be held at a later date in Graceland
Cemetery. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at williamsfhlcnoxville.com.
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The Knoxville Journal-Express Friday, October 31, 2008