Betty Jane (Payne) Akers, 91 of Springfield, passed away on January 7, 2023.

Soon after they married, Her new husband Don Akers was drafted during the Korean War and was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. Betty found work at the Pentagon in the transportation department. After a time she went back to work and enjoyed her time at Springfield City Utilities, where she retired as a receptionist.

She took a number of painting classes, honing her skills at the Springfield Art Museum. Betty traced her family back to the 1600’s in New England, which led to memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Greene County Historical Society and lifelong membership in the Ozark Genealogical Society.

She is survived by her daughter Carol Lynn (Akers) Rauch; son, Mark Randal Akers and his wife Paula; brother, Bill Payne; granddaughter Stephanie Rauch Hesser and her husband Tyler; great grandchildren Henry and Haley and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 AM, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.

Private Family Burial will be at a later date in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a hospice facility in your area. The family would like to give a special thanks to Castlewood Staff and St. Croix Hospice.