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MORTON - Betty J. McKelvey, 86, of Morton, passed away at 12:14 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at UnityPoint-Methodist in Peoria.
She was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Paragould, Ark., to Clarence and Irene (Long) Stevenson. She married James McKelvey on Nov. 24, 1946, in Paragould, Ark. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2007. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one grandaughter.
Surviving are her two daughters, Sherry (Jerry) Birkey of Mount Zion, Ill. and Melody (Bob) Thomas of Rochester, Ill.; one son, Kim (Joy) McKelvey of Morton; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and one sister, Dortha Ballentine of Overland, Mo.
Betty worked part time in sales for Tazewell Floor Covering in Morton for 26 years until retiring in 2001. She also worked for Joanne Fabric in Pekin and was a tax assessor for Tazewell County.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 63 years and served on mission boards. Betty also volunteered as an election judge and a Brownie and 4-H leader when her children were younger.
Betty was an avid gardener and reader. She loved playing card games.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Zion Evangelical United Methodist Church in Pekin, with Rev. Phillip Icenogles officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Zion Evangelical Cemetery in Pekin.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Morton Public Library or Alzheimer's Association.