Gaye Bettis

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Gaye Ellen Bettis, nee Acker, 83, of Swansea, IL, born March 5, 1941, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, April 12, 2024, at Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Gaye was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL. She was also a former member of St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, and a part of the women’s fellowship at church. Gaye was a dedicated member of the Swansea Fire Department auxiliary group. Gaye loved her kids and grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them.

Mrs. Bettis was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence A. and Mildred L., nee Mueth, Acker.

Surviving are her loving husband of 63 years, Alvin Bettis; two children, Gayal (Greg) Rademaker of Lincoln, IL, and Michael Bettis of Collinsville, IL; four grandchildren, Courtney (Ryan) Froidcoeur, Kristina Bettis, Greyson Rademaker, and Tanner Bettis; her great-granddaughter, Adelynn Froidcoeur; and her brother, Gary A. Acker of Belleville, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
A Swansea Fire Department auxiliary walk-through will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Michelle Torigian officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


6 Comments on Gaye Bettis

Janet Metzger said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2024 at 6:53 AM

Mike and Gayal, Im so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet lady and mom. I remember all the times she helped out at Franklin. May all your wonderful memories help you during this sad time. Sorry I will be out of town for the wake- would love to see both of you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
benjamin santino filippi said : Guest Report Apr 16, 2024 at 9:29 PM

I'm Sorry For Your Loss It's Hard Too Lose Family Member

  • Brecksville
  • oh
Donna (Korte) Lemar said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2024 at 11:33 AM

Very sorry to hear about your mom, Mike. I hope you and your sister find peace and remember all the great times.

  • MO
Dianne Jany said : Guest Report Apr 14, 2024 at 2:36 PM

I met her in grade school have known her 75 years. She was a close and dear friend. She will be missed, my thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to the family.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Dana Pieper Vankoski said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2024 at 11:15 PM

Al, Gayal & Tiger - I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be welcomed by my dad and many other friends from Lake Lou Yaeger in heaven. Please know she is at peace and smiling down on all of us. Love & miss you all dearly. Dana

  • Pooler
  • GA
Donna Eimer said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2024 at 4:37 PM

Gayle, our deepest sympathy at this time for your family's loss. It's never easy losing a parent.

  • Lincoln
  • Illinois

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