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Funeral services for Betty Jo Murrell, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at First Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Murrell died Friday, October 18, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born December 30, 1934, in Howell County, Missouri, to Wade Avis Griffin and Olva Rhea McCarty Griffin.  She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1951 and on December 9, 1951, she was married to John W. “John Bill” Murrell at West Plains, Missouri.  She was the owner/operator of Murrell’s Cleaners for many years.  Mrs. Murrell was very involved in church, West Plains Library Board and West Plains Genealogy Society.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafting and painting.  Mrs. Murrell was a member of First Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, John Bill Murrell, of the family home; three children, Johnny Murrell, wife, Charlene, West Plains, Missouri, James Murrell, special friend, Marcella Sanderson, West Plains, Missouri and Rhea Marie Edwards, Mountain Home, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Terry Huston Edwards, Jr., wife, Gina, Robert William Edwards, Rebecca JoAnn Edwards, special friend, Robert Jordan, John William Murrell, III, Ann Elizabeth Murrell, Melissa Marie Murrell, James Wade Murrell, Jr. and Benjamin Edwin Murrell; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Barry Griffin, wife, Rhonda, West Plains, Missouri; nephew, Jonathon Griffin; niece, Natalie Stock; great-nieces; great-nephews; mother-in-law, Dorothy Murrell; and a host of extended family.

Her parents and father-in-law, Jim Murrell, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday at First Christian Church.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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