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Betty McGuinness, 101, of Kahoka, passed away at 1:30 pm on Monday, November 14, 2022, at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

She was born on July 20, 1921, in Revere, the daughter of the late Harve & Effie (Horton) Edlen. Betty married James McGuinness on September 23, 1939, and he preceded her in death on November 29, 1994.

Betty enjoyed sewing and quilting; she especially liked to make quilts for her grandchildren. She enjoyed making people laugh, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Betty loved to play cards and she would often mention that she was a “D**n good Euchre player”.

Betty is survived by her son; James Wayne (Barbara Ann) McGuinness of Charleston, South Carolina, her daughter; Betty Salyers of Kahoka, grandchildren; Chuck (Holly) Salyers of Luray, Teri (James) Neeley of Wickliffe, Kentucky, Jamie (Kenneth) Foster of Joshua, Texas, Rhonda Sue (Chris) Stringer of Texas, Patricia McGuinness of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Christy (Joey) Smith of Huntsville, Alabama, great grandchildren; Brandon (Courtney) Salyers, Megan (Joey Leeper) Salyers, Kelsey Salyers, Ebonie (Jordan) Hereth, Thomas & James Smith, Hanna (Marty) Seyb, Charli (Scott) Walters, Breezy (Chase) Drummond, Brennen (Lindsey Koester) Neeley, twenty one great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Ilda “Chub” Frazier of Saint Louis and Wanetta (Larry) Saunders of Farmington, Iowa and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was preceded in death by her brother; Lewis Edlen, her sisters; Eva Edlen and Wilma Pratt, a son in-law; Charles Salyers, two brothers in-law; Earl Pratt and Ray Frazier and by a sister in-law; Virginia Edlen.

Funeral services honoring Betty’s life will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home of Kahoka. Pastor Kim McNamar will officiate. Interment will follow at Kahoka City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of services on Friday. Memorial contributions in memory of Betty are suggested to the Kahoka City Cemetery-Flag Fund or to the charity of the donor’s choice. You are invited to share your memories of Betty and leave a condolence at