Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Vodicka

03/13/1937 – 12/28/2019

Obituary for Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Vodicka

Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Vodicka, 82, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 surrounded by her family in Sedalia. She was born on March 13, 1937 in Bolivar, MO, the daughter of William T. and Rose E. (Francka) Rychlik, who preceded her in death.

On August 13, 1955 in Bolivar, MO, she was united in marriage at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to Joseph F. Vodicka, who preceded her in death on December 4, 2015.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Betty and Joe owned and operated Covered Bridge Flowers for 18 years. She was superintendent of the Missouri State Fair Floriculture Building from 1994 until 2008. She was an avid gardner, and she loved raising gladiolas and orchids. Her green thumb kept her busy in her many flower gardens. She loved spending time with her family and loved to make Sunday dinner, making sure that no one went home hungry. She was active in her church and took great pride in decorating the church during the holidays.

Survivors include four daughters, Terri Paul (Dennis), Toni Pirtle (Craig), Tammi Kreisel (Mike), all of Sedalia and Joani Larimore (Tracy) of Green Ridge; ten grandchildren, Brandi LaCasse (Matt), Robby Paul (Katherine), Angela Adams (Nathan), Adam Pirtle, Shane Paul (Kim), Megan Kreisel, Garrett Larimore (Sara), Stephanie Paul, Ryan Paul and Laurel Larimore; 11 great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Jonathan Griffin, Madison Canon, Mason Paul, Emery and Kate Paul, Libby and Luke LaCasse, Amelia and Henry Adams and Dixon Larimore; three sisters, Barbara Norbury (Dave) of Greensboro, NC, Pat Kissinger and Sue Robles (Joe) of Springfield, MO; a brother-in-law, Bud Corbin of Willard, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Rychlik.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul at St. Patrick Chapel with Father David J. Veit officiating.

A Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Rea Funeral Chapel.

A graveside service for Betty and Joe will be held at a later date in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Bolivar, MO.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the decorations fund of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, or to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of the funeral chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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Sedalia, MO 65301
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St. Patrick Catholic Church
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Sedalia, MO 65301
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Betty was a wonderful woman. She always took great care of Kathy and I at the flower shop. She was a special lady all the time!
– John Knox
To my sister Betsy. The love of your life was children whether your three younger sisters, daughters or grandchildren. A great cook, seamstress, gardener and business woman. I forgive you for the perm you gave me in the second grade. May your spirit continue to dance. Love Bobbi
– Barbara Norbury
Thoughts and prayers to all the family.
– Linda Hodge
My heart and prayers go out to the Vodicka family in Sedalia…
– Marty Vodicka
Keeping all of you in our hearts and prayers!
– ChrisMark Hewett
Toni, So sorry on the loss of your mother. Prayers to you and your family. Susan Bailey
– Susan Bailey
Thoughts and prayers for you all.
– JimJanet Brown
Teri and family, my sympathy and condolences in the passing of your Mother and loved one. May God bless all of you in this time of mourning.
– Phyllis Domann
Condolences and prayers to the Vodicka family.
– Glen Harckum

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