Betty Darby

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Betty Lou Darby, nee Starms, 90, of Belleville, IL, born March 20, 1930, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, November 26, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Betty was a waitress at Hy-Ho Restaurant for many years before her retirement.  She enjoyed playing solitaire and word search puzzles.  Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, and she will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bennie Myers; her second husband, Robert Darby; a daughter, Betty Wodochek; a son, Berry Myers, in infancy; her parents, Addison and Erma, nee Smith, Starms; a grandson, Eric Shipley; a great-granddaughter, Samantha Monroe; a great-great-granddaughter, Raelynn Lee; a son-in-law, Norman Monroe; and three siblings, Albert Starms, Irene Marler and Kathryn Crowe.

Surviving are her children, Barbara (William Bach) Nance, Robert Darby, Bonnie Monroe, Bennie Myers, Jr., and Bridget Gyon;
a son-in-law, Robert Wodochek;
21 grandchildren, Steven (Vicki) Shipley, Dawn (Walter) Alvey, Michelle (Barry) Monroe, Anna (Greg) Smith, Norman Monroe Jr., Mary (Howard) Mister, Angela (Josh Boatright) Turner, Erica (Patricia) Turner, Hugo McQuade, James Wodochek, Michael (Heather) Sims, Shawn (Nikki) Nance, Jessica (Michael) Cardinal, Justin Nance, James Bach, Jacob Bach, Benjamin Burton, Sean Darby, Alexandra Darby, Tanner Contratto, and Addison Darby;
50 great-grandchildren;
and 31 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



3 Comments on Betty Darby

Shirley Ridenour said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2020 at 6:04 PM

We are sorry about the passing of Aunt Betty Lou. She will be missed.

  • Cassville
  • Missouri
Donna House and Family said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2020 at 10:24 PM

We loved her so much. She was so full of life. We will always remember her! Rest In Peace and fly high love!!!

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Michael Sims said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2020 at 8:56 PM

Life will never be the same.

  • Metropolis
  • Illinois

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