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Wagoner, Elizabeth "Betty" (7/15/1930 - 5/9/2006)

By South Bend Tribune

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Wagoner, 75, of Peach Road, South Bend, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in her residence.
 
She was born on July 15, 1930, in Lebanon, Missouri, to the late Irene (Martley) and Irvin Wagoner. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Wagoner, who died on December 28, 1999. 

Betty is survived by a sister, three nieces, two nephews, eight great-nephews, one great-niece, two great-great-nieces, one great-great-nephew, two aunts and two uncles, many cousins. two dearest friends, and other dear friends. 

Betty was a 1948 graduate of Bolivar High School in Bolivar, Missouri. After graduation she moved to South Bend to play professional baseball for the South Bend Blue Sox, for whom she was a star pitcher and outfielder. She played for the team from 1948-1952. Betty put her heart and soul into the game and loved every minute of it. She was an avid sports participant playing not only baseball but was a player-coach for a professional women's basketball team that traveled the country to play games, and she loved to bowl and golf. She was also a big sports fan, loving to watch baseball, basketball and golf on TV, and was a loyal Chicago White Sox fan. Betty was a walking sports encyclopedia. After her career with the Blue Sox she became an office supervisor for Bendix Corp., which she did from 1952 to 1986. Betty was a member of First Christian Church, South Bend, and sang in the church's choir. She was an All-Star for the Blue Sox and is in the Hall of Fame in Lebanon, Missouri. The South Bend Blue Sox team is in the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. 

Services for Betty were held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, South Bend. Additional services and burial were held at a later date in the Colonial FC Inc., City Rt. 66 W., Lebanon, Missouri. 

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 01/21/2015
Copyright: South Bend Tribune, 5/11/2006

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