Obituary published May 1, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
Elizabeth "Betty" Lee Weir Hart, 90, died April 27, 2013 at the King's Daughters Home in Mexico, MO. Betty was born September 26, 1922 in Winfield, KS to Ruth Harrison Weir and William Thomas Weir, Sr. Her childhood was spent in Sweet Springs, MO where she graduated from high school in 1940. She graduated from Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, MO in 1944 with a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics. Betty was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority serving as President and Recording Secretary. To earn money during her wartime college years, she worked during the summers at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City folding cards. Upon graduation, Betty worked in Kansas City as a dietician for the Pratt & Whitney plant. It was in Warrensburg that she met her husband of nearly 50 years, Davis H. Hart, a Lieutenant in the Navy V-12 unit stationed there. They were married on December 10, 1944 in Sweet Springs.
Early in their marriage, Davis & Betty lived in Warrensburg, Springfield and Sikeston. In 1950, Davis' education career brought their family to Mexico where they lived the rest of their lives. As a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Betty was active in the Mexico United Methodist Church participating in Church Circle, communion preparation, United Methodist Women, she served as co-chairman of the church bazar and made countless handcrafted items for the annual bazar. Betty was also active in Chapter HD P.E.O., Federated Women's Club, King's Daughters Circle, she tutored students in the public schools, and was a Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. As a mother, she served as a Girl Scout leader and in PTA organizations. Betty played and enjoyed bridge over several decades. Good friendships were formed at the Wednesday afternoon bridge club and Saturday couple's club. Betty was noted as a talented seamstress, cook, hostess, and for her quick wit. For many years, she substitute taught in the Mexico Public Schools. Betty's family and time spent with them were very important to her. Holidays, birthdays, dance recitals and tee ball games were always reasons to be together.
One of the many highlights of her life was in 1985 the Mexico Public School Board named the Mexico Vocational School the Davis H. Hart Career Center to honor her husband's dedication to vocational education and effort to begin the vocational school in Mexico.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her older brother William Harrison Weir, sister-in-law Nina Weir, nephew, David Hart, and her husband's siblings and spouses, Montrose and Hester Hart, A.C. and Lillian Hart and Joe and Wanda Humpreys.
She is survived by her only child, her daughter, Linda Elizabeth and her husband, Howard Miedler, granddaughter, Amy Elizabeth and her husband John Meystrik all of Moberly, MO and grandson Andrew Miedler and his wife Kristen of Ballwin, MO; four great-grandchildren, Madeline Elizabeth and Maxwell Meystrik of Moberly and Caroline Elizabeth and Henry Miedler of Ballwin. She is also survived by a younger brother, William Thomas Weir, Jr., of St. Louis, a sister-in-law, Shirley Weir, of Grand Rapids, MI, nephews Alexander Weir and his wife Jennifer of St. Louis, Bruce Weir and his wife Sandra of LaGuana Woods, CA, Scott Weir, of Grand Rapids, MI and John Hart of Camdenton, MO and nieces Sharon Warmuth of Overland Park, KS and Karen Eychaner and her husband Craig of Bossier City, LA.
Betty spent the majority of her life in Mexico and considered it home. She lived in Moberly, MO for five years in the Meadow Ridge Independent Living facility, but when it was time for more care she wanted to go home. Betty spent the last two years in the King's Daughters Home. She enjoyed the caregivers and the ladies she resided with and considered it home. Her family will always be grateful for the loving care all of the staff of the King's Daughters Home gave to our mother and grandmother.
Visitation is 10:00 a.m. May 11, 2013 at Mexico United Methodist Church with the funeral service immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Mexico. Memorial contributions may be sent to the King's Daughters Home, 620 W. Boulevard St., Mexico, MO 65265, Mexico United Methodist Church, 122 E. Promenade, Mexico, MO 65265 or the Davis H. Hart Scholarship Fund c/o Davis H. Hart Career Center 905 Wade, Mexico, MO 65265. Arnold Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.arnoldfh.com.