Betty J. Trinkle

CHETOPA — Betty J. Trinkle, 91, a lifelong resident of Chetopa, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at Chetopa Manor.

Betty Jean Smith was born on July 10, 1929, to Roy Austin and Nellie (Kepford) Smith in Chetopa. She grew up and attended school in Chetopa, graduating from Chetopa High School in 1948.

Throughout her life, Betty worked for different garment manufacturers, including H.D. Lee, Glen-Berrey Garment and Huntsman Camp Manufacturing. She also worked at the Oswego Manor nursing home for a time. 

She was an active member of Community Bible Church in Chetopa. A skilled seamstress, Betty loved to quilt. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and friends.

On Sept. 29, 1956, Betty and Joseph Trinkle were united in marriage at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Miami, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2005.

Survivors include three sons, Eugene Trinkle and his wife, Carol, of Waxahachie, Texas, Paul Trinkle of Chetopa and Monty Trinkle of Oronogo, Missouri; two grandsons, Chad Trinkle and his wife, Valerie, of Waxahachie, Texas, and Chance Trinkle and his wife, Ashleigh, of Aransas Pass, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Maverick Trinkle and Savvy Trinkle; and a sister, Mary Carrell and her husband, Jessie, of Chetopa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; and a brother.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community Bible Church in Chetopa. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.

Memorials are suggested to Community Bible Church of Chetopa and can be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

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