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Elizabeth Emma Betty Pinney

December 3, 1914 - November 30, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Elizabeth Emma Betty Pinney, 94, of Springfield, died peacefully at St. John’s Hospital at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, surrounded by members of her family.

She was born December 3, 1914 in Riverton, the daughter of Frank and Bertha Denkert Wenke. Betty married Chester A. Pinney, who preceded her in death on October 14, 1977.

After becoming a cosmetologist, she and Chester opened the Ambassador Beauty Palace on Monroe Street in Springfield in the early 1940s. They moved to Chicago in the late 1940s and then back to Springfield where she opened Betty Pinn’s Pin-Up Shop on North Sixth Street. She continued as a hairdresser for 62 years.

Betty was a senior member of Riverton United Methodist Church. She was known for her delightful sense of humor, and her gracious and youthful appearance. Her family was first and foremost in her life and she will be missed by her many friends and family.

She was one of 9 children and is survived by one sibling, her brother, Carl J. Wenke of Springfield.

Betty gave birth to 3 sons. She is survived by 2, Robert Ivan (wife Vonna) Pinney of Pearland, TX and Phillip S. (wife Beverly) Pinney of Riverton. One son Wayne Keith Pinney preceded her in death. Her legacy also includes five grandsons: Wayne Keith (wife Teresa) Pinney of Guilford, IN, John Freeman Pinney of Riverton; William David (wife Jan) Pinney of Springfield; Phillip Kurt Pinney of Atlanta GA and Michael Vernon (wife Edythe) Pinney of Loranger, LA; 2 granddaughters, Karen Ann (husband Darel) Allen of Normal and Tracey Denise Clay of Metairie, LA; 15 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 2 loving and devoted nieces, Mary and Patrice Fulgenzi, both of Springfield and Sister Diana Fulgenzi of St. Louis MO; nephew Mark (wife Dee Dee) Fulgenzi of Springfield; and numerous cousins and extended family.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Dixon officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Riverton United Methodist Church.

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