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Betty Mae Probasco

Betty Mae Probasco, nee Carey, 94, of , Waterloo, IL, died April 17, 2020, in St. Louis, MO. She was born April 13, 1926, in Washington, D.C. the daughter of Hillery Connell and Lillian Marie Carey. She was raised by her beloved grandparents, John and Sarah (nee Dove) Owens.

She married Milton Arden Probasco on October 9, 1946 in Forestville, MD. Before her marriage she worked for several government agencies in Washington, D.C. Reconstruction Finance, War Dept., and Internal Revenue. After her marriage, while her husband was in the Navy, She worked for the Navy Dept. in San Diego, Calif., Westinghouse and North British and Mercantile Ins. Co. in New York City. She was a homemaker following the birth of her two daughters, Linda Ardene (Ronald) Rhoades of Leander, TX and Doreen Gail Rey of Kirkwood, MO.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, parents and grandparents. She is survived by her two daughters, three grandchildren, Andrew G. (Helga) Rhoades of Leander, TX., Michael C. (Jennifer) Rey of Silver Springs, NV, and Heather G. Rey of Kirkwood, MO. As well as a great grandson, Nathaniel G. Rhoades of Leander, TX.

She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ - Waterloo, IL.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Per her request, services were private.

Interment at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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Dear Linda and Doreen,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of your mother. I got to know Betty through your father, Milton, as we shared our love for music together in the Waterloo Community Band.
As years passed, I got to know your mother through occasional visits with Milt at their home. Your parents were very inspiring to me. I shared conversations with them on a wide variety of subjects from admiration of the trombone, love of big band music, and a keen interest in the history and politics of Our Great Nation.
Your parents service to Our Country was always inspiring to me, and their kindness will never be forgotten. My relationship with your parents wasn't lengthy, consequently, I will be looking forward to a time when we can meet again. May God Bless you and your families at this very difficult time.

Very Truly Yours,

Bruce A. Smith

Bruce A. Smith May 8 2020 12:00 AM

Bruce, Thank you for the kind thoughts. Both Mom and Dad were so fond of you. Mom never forgot the times you came to visit and played trombone for her after Pop had passed. She talked about that for a long time. Thank you for honoring Dad by checking in on Mom. I know he was smiling too when you played trombone for her.
Your kindness will forever be in our hearts.
Doreen and Linda

Doreen Rey May 8 2020 12:00 AM

Thanks so much for sharing. I didn't know this about Dad's retirement. Mom and Dad were such wonderful people. We miss them both.
Linda Probasco/Rhoades

Linda May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Hello Maurene,
I have many fond memories of your family, particularly of Buddy and your Mom. Thanks for your kind comments.
Linda Probasco/Rhoades

Linda May 4 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I was one of PBs many band members who loved both your parents. When she began working at the school cafeteria, we loved to say hi to Mrs. PB as we went through the line and she always greeted us with her sweet smile! When PB told us he was thinking about retirement, our class of 83 told him he needed to stay another year so he could leave WHS with us And he did! I also enjoyed seeing your mom and saying hello whenever I saw her after she moved into Garden Place until the elderly friend I was helping take care of passed away. Loved them both and picture them once again in each others arms
With sympathy and love for your family,
Kathy Hirsch Horn

Kathy Horn Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Linda, Doreen & Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Your Mother was such a very caring and lovely lady. Our Mother, Evelyn Ettling, thought so much of Betty for their dear friendship and many pleasant memories they shared through the years.

Don & Maurene (Ettling) Guker

dmguker@charter.net Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM