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PARK HILLS -- Bette Jean (McWilliams) Songer, of Park Hills passed away December 2, 2017, at her daughter’s residence in Goose Creek, South Carolina at the age of 89. Bette was born March 24, 1928, in Esther, Missouri to the late Leo McWilliams and Blanche (Kennon) McWilliams. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Albert L. Marler; longtime companion, Arlie Songer and dear friend, Tom Garrett of Bonne Terre. She was also preceded in death by her son, Albert Gene Marler; daughter, Tiffani An Pierson and son-in-law, Jerry Lanier.

Bette leaves to mourn her passing, four children, Carol Brunson, Candice Seaman, Bruce Marler all of Park Hills, MO and Cheryl (Frank) Vallie of Goose Creek, SC; eleven grandchildren, Annette Mayberry, Jason Wisdom, Michael Smith, Crissy Smith, James (Jimmy) Downs III, Jesse Prier, Sean Prier, Hunter Prier-Marler, Kira ProStatus, Logan Vallie and Kyle Vallie; eleven great-grandchildren, Ronald Kinney, Josh Kinney, Christopher Kinney, Brian Thomas, Belle Wisdom, Kylah Wisdom, Avery Wisdom, Shyanne Smith-Hotchkiss, Destiny Smith, Autumn Prier and Forrest Prier; two great-great-grandchildren, Julian Kinney and Mavven Kinney; four siblings, JD McWilliams, Shirley Langley, Carroll McWilliams and Wanda Merritt. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her dearest neighbor, Linda Macklin also survive.

She loved going to auctions and yard sales, spending time with family camping, making quilts, collecting cookbooks, going night crawler hunting, working puzzles and playing Bingo.

Bette will lie in state at the C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home Caldwell Chapel located at 711 E. Main Street in Park Hills, MO 63601 on Friday, December 8, 2017, from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m., with a remembrance social to follow until 9 p.m. View obituary and share condolences online at

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Special thanks to Serenity Hospice in Park Hills for giving such great care while she needed it and to the Heartland Hospice in Charleston, SC for her continued care and supporting the family with her final journey home. May you fly high with the Angels.

If you would like to send flowers please contact Expressions by Dennis located at 109 Park Avenue in Bonne Terre, MO 63628, 573-358-2500.

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