Betty J. Travelstead

Jul 22nd, 1926 - Feb 28th, 2020


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Mar. 3rd, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar. 4th, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Mar. 4th, 2020 11:00 a.m.


Rose Hill Cemetery

Wed, Mar. 4th, 2020

Betty J. Travelstead

Betty J. Travelstead, age 93, of Marion, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12:04 a.m. in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Betty was born on July 22, 1926 in Springfield, Illinois, a daughter of Carney Ray and Nellie Houston (Bridwell) Owens.  She married Lowell Wayne Travelstead on May 10, 1947 in Marion, Illinois and he preceded her in death on April 24, 2008 after nearly 61 years of marriage.  Betty was a homemaker and a member of Warder Street Baptist Church in Marion.  She was a faithful Christian woman who never knew a stranger and was often referred to as a “mother to all,” as she raised her own five children, opened her home to countless others, and enjoyed babysitting.

Survivors include four daughters, Sue Edwards of Beverly Hills, Florida, Debbie Travelstead of Marion, Teresa Johnston of Ocala, Florida and Rhonda (Tim) Wiseman of Marion; a son-in-law, Dan Hendrickson of Marion; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne; one daughter, Regina Hendrickson; three brothers, Lawrence Owens, Sam Owens and Rip Owens; two sisters, Norma Watts and Nadine Dawe; one great-grandson, Robert Allen “Shorty” Dillon; and a son-in-law, Larry Edwards.

Funeral services will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Kenny Burns officiating.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.

Visitation will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 N. Market St., Marion, Illinois 62959.

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  • Guest: Rhonda Wiseman

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 2, 2020

    I miss you mom so much. You were such a good mom and a friend that I could tell anything and would not judge me. You have always been there for me and it was my honor to care for you when you needed me. I’m trying so hard to stay strong but it is very hard to do. If I could have chosen anybody in the whole world to be my mom, I would have chosen you. I love you mom. I wish we could have had at least one more day together Love you forever ❤️ Rhonda