Obituary for Betty Wollard
Betty (Sides) Crow Wollard, 1932 – 2017
Betty Jean Wollard passed peacefully away on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
She was born on May 17, 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, to Jesse Daniel Sides and Alma Louise Bennett Sides; she was the second of six children. Her mother passed away when Betty was young, and it was difficult for her father to take care of six young children, alone. In 1944, Betty was adopted by E.R. and Eula Crow, of Springfield Missouri. She had a good life with the Crows, and Betty loved them very much, but she never forgot her Golden City roots, and made sure that her birth family was known to her children and always remained part of her life.
The Crows owned Blue Bonnet Beauty College on the Public Square in Springfield, and Betty, while still attending Senior (Central) High School, earned her beauticians license at the age of 16.
In 1950, she married Jackie Lee Coy, of Springfield, and together they had four children: John Edward Coy, Jackie Lee Coy, Jr., Dianna Kay Coy (Long), and Marcus Gene Coy. Betty was preceded in death by Jack, Jr. and Marcus. She and Jack divorced in 1960, and she returned to hairdressing, choosing to go on to earn her Instructor’s license, which she put to use by teaching at the Blue Bonnet for many years.
Betty was a very talented hair stylist and designer, earning state-wide recognition for conducting and participating in classes, workshops, and competitions all over Missouri. In 1967 she began competing on the national level, and in 1968 her skills as a hair designer were rewarded when she was inducted into the Official Hair Fashion Council of the United States, at a ceremony at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. She continued to style hair until arthritis forced her to retire at age 62, much to the sadness of her clients, many of whom had been with her for thirty years or more.
In 1970, Betty married Marvin Wollard, and they were together until Marvin’s death in 1998. She and Marvin loved traveling in their fifth-wheel trailer with their little Sheltie dog, Amber. Betty loved the natural beauty of the land, and the culture of the Ozarks people, so many of their trips involved visiting local landmarks and culture centers.
Betty was creative, artistic, and smart. She seemed to be able to learn any skill and do it well: when her children were little she made much of their clothing by hand – jackets and shirts for the boys, smocked dresses for her daughter. For a time she operated a small re-upholstery business out of her garage, where she did all of the work beautifully and without help; and when her husband Jack, served on the police force, she got the proper equipment and learned to reload bullets so he would not have to spend money to buy new ones for target practice. Her cooking was legendary, and very much missed by the entire family.
Betty was naturally outgoing and friendly. She was popular at work and at school, and she attended the Senior High Class of 1950 reunions nearly every year until very recently. She was also a member of Eastern Star. She always kept track of her friends and extended family, maintaining two address books in order to keep up with them and send birthday and holiday cards.
In the last few years her beloved cat FiFi LeMew, a tortoise-shell tabby, was her constant companion. When Betty went into nursing care, FiFi remained at home, cared for by Betty’s grandson, JJ, who provided her with frequent updates on FiFi’s antics. She missed FiFi terribly, and eventually got a little stuffed animal version of FiFi, which she was holding when she passed away.
In addition to her children, John Edward Coy, and Dianna Coy Long, Betty is survived by two of her brothers, William D. Sides (Bernice) of Rockford, Illinois, and Emerson Lowell Sides (Mary) of Cascade, Idaho, and her sisters Mary Jane VanWinkle of Bradenton, Florida, and Shirley Sullins (Wayne). She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, eleven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Betty will be remembered in a graveside service at Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Rev. Gerry Comstock will officiate. Pall bearers will be Betty’s son, John Coy, grandsons, JJ Coy, James Coy, and Patrick C. Long, grandson-in-law Stephen Windmoeller, and great-grandson Tate M. Windmoeller.
Betty loved flowers, but she considered live bouquets a waste of money; however, since she is not here to chide us, her family is choosing to provide the beauty of live flowers for her grave. Others wishing to remember her should probably not be so bold, choosing, instead, to make a donation in her name to Hospice, The Salvation Army, or Rescue One Animal Rescue (rescueonespringfield.com).