Betty Jo Gard

September 9, 1928 ~ August 17, 2019 (age 90)


Betty Jo Gard, 90, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2019, at Oakview Heights Nursing and Rehab Center.


She was born September  9, 1928, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Jess and Rachel (Seitz) Wheeler.  On August 11, 1945, Betty married Ray Gard.  He preceded her in death.  They were married 70 years.


Betty worked at Thordarson Meissner’s for many years.  She was a faithful member of Community Church of God in Mt. Carmel until her health no longer allowed her to attend. 


She will be remembered by her daughter, Diana (Harold) Fiscus of Sumner, Illinois, and son, Scott (Susan) Gard of Allendale, Illinois. 


Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Gard; sisters, Mary Hicks, Kathryn Hebert, Addebell Wheeler, Hazel Strohm and Pansy May Wheeler; brothers, George Wheeler, T.R. Wheeler, Leroy Wheeler and William Wheeler.


Graveside services for Betty will be Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 12:00 noon at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. 


Prior to the graveside service, visitation will take place in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.   


Memorials may be made to Community Church of God.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at graveside.


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August 22, 2019

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Short Funeral Home
527 N Mulberry Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863

Graveside Service
August 22, 2019

12:00 PM
Highland Memorial Cemetery
1827 College Drive
Mount Carmel, IL 62863

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