Betty R. Gifford 85, of Oswego, KS died 7:00pm Monday May 25, 2009 at her home following a short illness.

Betty R. Gifford 85, of Oswego, KS died 7:00pm Monday May 25, 2009 at her home following a short illness.

Betty was born February 2, 1924 in Wichita, KS the daughter of Kirwin Lucius and Lois (Reasor) Bowman.  She was a graduate of Oswego High School in 1942.  In 1959 she moved to Kansas City and resided there from 1959-1987.  From 1987-1990 she lived in Burlington Vermont.  She then later moved to Oswego, KS to retire in 1990.

On June 30, 1951 she married Raymond T. Gifford in Oswego, KS; he preceded her in death on December 10, 2003.  Betty was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Oswego Methodist Church.  She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Grand Chapter 288.  She enjoyed bird watching, a Morgan Horse owner and breeder and Beachcombing.

Survivors include her son Robin T. Gifford and wife Gail Berkowitz Gifford of Kansas City, MO; niece Becky McHugh and family of Chandler, AZ; nephew Larry Bowman and family of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren Katie Gifford of Nashville, TN and Jake Gifford of Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Kirwin L. Bowman and son Jonathan Raymond Gifford.

Celebration of Life will be 5pm Thursday May 28, 2009 at the Gifford Family Home #8 Woodcliff Drive Oswego, KS 67356. Dinner and Drink will be served.  Burial will take place at a private date in Oswego City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to Oswego Riverside Park.  Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Avenue Columbus, KS 66725.  E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.  Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.