Betty Lou Marlin

October 26, 1934 - January 26, 2020
Picture of Betty Marlin

Betty Lou (Letterman) Coble Marlin, 85, of Oswego, Kansas, passed away at 8:59 a.m., Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Presbyterian Manor in Parsons, Kansas.

The eldest of seven children, Betty was born on October 26, 1934, to Loren and Mattie (Cunningham) Letterman in Conway, Missouri. She graduated from Fair Grove High School in Fair Grove, Missouri in 1952. She lived most of her life in Springfield, Missouri until moving to Oswego, Kansas in 2013.

Upon graduating from high school, Betty began her career as a cashier at Consumers Market in Springfield, Missouri. She later worked for many years at Lily Tulip/Owens-Illinois Corporation, also in Springfield. After taking a break from working, she returned to work in 1975 as the customer service supervisor at the East Kearney Street Wal-Mart and then later held that position at the South Campbell Street Wal-Mart store, both in Springfield. She finished her working career as the customer service supervisor at the Springfield Michael’s store until her retirement in 1996. In the 1980’s, Betty owned a craft business, Stitch ‘N Stuff, making creations that were enjoyed by many.

A loving and supportive mother, Betty also adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud of them and their accomplishments and was in attendance whenever possible for sporting events and activities. Betty enjoyed working in the yard and in her flower gardens, creating oil paintings for her family’s enjoyment, crafting, researching genealogy, watching Lady Bears Basketball, playing golf and traveling. She was an active member of the Sertoma Club, United Methodist Women’s Club and the Horton Smith 9-Hole Ladies Golf Group.

Betty was married to Beryl Coble in 1954. The couple had three daughters.

Survivors include:

Two daughters: Dee Brown and her husband, Chris, of Oswego, Kansas

Cynthia Buchanan and her husband, Mick, of St. Peters, Missouri

Four grandchildren: Lynzee Schulz and her husband, Jesse, of Oswego, Kansas; Shelby Durham of St. Louis, Missouri; Chad Durham of Springfield, Missouri; Adam Bilder and his girlfriend, Jennifer, of St. Louis, Missouri

Three great-grandchildren: Ashton, Jaycee and Eli Schulz of Oswego, Kansas

Two brothers: Darrell Letterman of Springfield, Missouri; Tom Letterman and his wife, Dianna, of Springfield, Missouri

Three sisters: Shirley Carrizales and her husband, Daniel, of Katy, Texas; Linda Abbot and her husband, Bill, of Springfield, Missouri; Janet Aday and her husband, Steve, of Pleasant Hope, Missouri

Many nieces, nephews and extended family friends

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Debra Coble; and one brother, Jerry Letterman.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of the donor’s choice. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Missouri.