Elizabeth Haskins

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Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Haskins, nee O’Neal, 94, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, after spending precious time with each of her children, grandchildren, and a brother.  Heaven gained an amazing mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend.

Betty was born in Cutler, IL on July 30th, 1924, to Floyd Courtland and Edna Ruth O’Neal. She grew up in southern Illinois and often recalled fond memories of being with her cousins on the family farm. She graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1942 and went on to complete her nursing degree at Washington University School of Nursing. Her dedication to the health profession led her to meet the love of her life, Dr. Jack T. Haskins, whom she married in September of 1953.  Betty and Jack spent 50 fun-filled and adventurous years together and raised two beloved daughters, Jann and Jena.

Betty was very musical and played piano and organ for several churches throughout her life. She loved to travel with her husband, family and friends, and spent retirement years living in Florida and Arkansas. She loved golfing, boating, and playing bridge. After her husband passed away, Betty returned to Belleville to be closer to family. She continued to be active volunteering at Memorial Hospital, serving in the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and playing bridge with friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jack T. Haskins, M.D.; and a brother, Robert B. “Bob” O’Neal.

Surviving are her daughters, Jann (David) Gillingham of Belleville, IL, and Jena Haskins of Overland Park, KS;
four grandchildren, Ryan (Kate) Blaha, Kyle (Sean) Blaha, Caitlin (Nick) Hebrew, and Ben Mulligan;
4 ½ cherished great-grandchildren, Maddox, Mabry, and baby Blaha (due in February) and Birdie and Bitsy Hebrew;
step-daughters, Suzie (Robert) Lenart and her family, Jessica (Robert) Gardner, Samuel and John, and Joseph (Pansa) Klaus, Cookie and Lily, and Robert Jr., and Jackie Haskins;
a brother, David C. (Lonna) O’Neal of Mesquite, NV;
and a sister-in-law, Liz O’Neal of Belleville, IL, (who was more like a sister to Betty).

The family would like to extend special thanks to Rachel, Connie, and Elena of HSHS Hospice for their love and support over the last few months.

Memorials may be made to Women4given or to HSHS Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 Visitation:  Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Father Payton Wieland officiating.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, at a later date.



5 Comments on Elizabeth Haskins

Nancy (Pauley)Reichel said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM

My deepest sympathy to all the family as I just learned today of her death. My parents,Gene and Margaret Pauley knew Doc and Elizabeth for years being a customer and friend of the Pharmacy Betty and my mom played bridge for years together. Betty will truly be missed and I'm thankful for the time I got to visit with her out at Morningside of Shiloh. All my love to the family, Nancy and Keith Reichel and family.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Axel Anderson said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2018 at 8:08 PM

We are very sorry we were unable to attend the visitation for Betty and express our condolences. She always sent us a Christmas card, telling us about her family. Also missed not seeing Dave. We will cherish fond memories of Betty. Axel and Gloria

  • Belleville
  • Il
Lana Nagel said : Guest Report Oct 17, 2018 at 3:28 PM

Please accept my sincerest condolences in the passing of your sweet mother. My heart breaks for you and your family. God grant you strength and hope. Always Love, Lana Nagel

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dede Nicks Sawyer said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2018 at 3:45 AM

I was sorry to read of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. May your memories comfort and sustain you during this sad time.

  • Yuma
  • Co
Macy and David Marts said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2018 at 6:06 PM

To The whole family.... God Bless to you all at this very tough times!! So glad you had this very special time with Aunt Betty before she went home to the Lord....now she will see the rest of the family!!!

  • Phoenix
  • Arizona

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