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Betty Irene Chance departed this life on January 26th, 2024, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO surrounded by family. Betty, along with her twin brother Bob, were born to Lawrence L. and Maggie (Stout) Dotson, on July 14th, 1928, at their family home in Dean, Iowa. They joined this large and robust family of Irish Scottish descent as the 6th and 7th children of what would eventually total 11 with 8 brothers and 3 sisters. Betty is the last remaining sibling of this large Dotson Clan. 

Betty spent the bulk of her formative years growing up on the family farm near her paternal and maternal grandparents. She would often reminiscence about the close relationships she enjoyed with her grandparents, her childhood. and the fun she had with her siblings, such as riding horses barebacked, sometimes in a standing-up position! She also recalled fondly their time living in Ottumwa (the big city), due to her father’s job, where she and her twin, Bob, took positions at the Ballingall Hotel, to earn spending money, as a waitress and bellhop, respectively. She also shared her disappointment when her time in Ottumwa came to an end when it was time to return to the farm, as she missed the amenities afforded by city living, such as movies, roller-skating, bowling, and diners. 

Betty married twice, first to Johnny Lasley and to this union two children were born, Linda and Larry. She later married Alan F. Chance, one child was born to this union, Janet. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Lake of Kirksville, MO and Janet Chance-Hetzler (David) of Columbia, MO, five grandchildren: Sherri Amsbary, Jerrod Lake, Valleri Lasley, Richard Lasley, and Olivia Hetzler; five great-grandchildren: Samantha Lasley, Alexandria Hetzler, Sierra Hopwood, Ashlyn Lasley, and Clayton Lasley; and one great-greatgrandchild, Logan Lasley. She is also survived by two sister-in-law’s, Mary Philby and Kate Dotson; as well as, many loving nieces and nephews, and her constant companion of the last few years, Callie, her cat. She was proceeded in death by her son, Larry Lasley, a daughter-in-law, Linda Lasley and a son-in-law, Roy Lake; her parents and her ten siblings: John, Jim, Gene, Glen, Bob, Ike, Juanita, Dick, Vada, and a stillborn brother. She was also preceded in death by her beloved Lhasa Apso, Lizzy. 

Betty’s greatest enjoyment was her family. There is no place she would rather be than spending time with her family and pets. She enjoyed a close relationship with her siblings, talking to many daily, and she so missed those calls with their passings. In addition, she loved and looked with anticipation to her annual mother-daughter trips and the memories made with Linda and Janet. 

Betty was a natural-born caregiver, always willing to help and care for others in need (human and animal) providing care at home for her parents until their subsequent deaths. Later in life she took a position at the Golden Age Manor, this role was a source of great pride to her and the contributions she made in the lives of the residents. She also loved animals and willingly took in any stray, feeding and caring for them until she could locate new homes for them. She was also known to seek out and feed feral cats and, through her patience and diligence, domesticate them. Betty found enjoyment in routinely baking and sending treats to her grandchildren, particularly Bundt cakes. Her grandchildren were a great source of pride to her. 

Betty was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Comfort comes from thoughts of her being reunited with her beloved son, Larry, her siblings, and parents. Oh, what a rambunctious family reunion is taking place in heaven and the stories being shared! 

A celebration of life with a graveside service is planned for a later date with interment of her and Lizzy’s ashes into the family plot at Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https:// site/TR?px=8281365&fr_id=154021&pg=personal) or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ([ASPCA],, she was a longtime contributor to both organizations.