Betty Louise Sykes

October 13, 1921 - June 2, 2011


Betty Louise Sykes, 89, passed away peacefully, in Key West, FL, on Thursday, June 02, 2011 with her loving family and friends beside her side,

Funeral Services will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial is at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Betty Lou Yeoward was born October 13, 1921, in Moline, IL, the daughter of Frank & Hana Neilsen Yeoward. She married Leland D. Sykes November 10, 1942, in Lancaster, Missouri. He preceded her in death November 27, 1985.

Betty had a very beautiful smile and contagious laugh with a happy spirit until the end. She loved and adored her many pets over the years. She was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline, IL.

For the past seven years, she lived with her daughter, Karen Lee Sykes-Hirst of Key West. She is also survived by a Son, Frank Ross Sykes (Linda) of Moline, IL. She has three Grandchildren, Robert Guthrie (Stephanie) of Miami, FL, Jacqueline Ann Lytton (Joseph) of Bay Pointe, Key West and Heather Dawn Henson of Sugarloaf Key in the Florida Keys. She has five Great Grandchildren - Two Great Grandsons - Chad Lee Perez and Michael Reed, Jr. and three Great Granddaughters - Nanea Ann Perez, Brittany Paige Henson and Tory Leanne Henson all of the Florida Keys and one Great-Great Grandson, Blaise Aiden Trant-Perez of Tallahassee, FL. Also, surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded by her husband Leland, twin sister Mary Jane and older sister Virgina.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to her wonderful, loving and caring doctors Dr. Bruce Boros and Dr. Beysolow. May she rest in peace.


Born: October 13, 1921
Place of Birth: Moline, IL
Death: June 2, 2011
Place of Death: Key West, GA
Organizations: Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island


Karen Lee Sykes-Hirst, Daughter
Frank Ross (Linda) Sykes, Son
Robert (Stephanie) Guthrie, Jacqueline Ann (Joseph) Lytton & Heather Dawn Henson, Grandchildren
Nanea Ann Perez, Brittany Paige Henson & Tory Leanne Henson, Great-Granddaughters
Chad Lee Perez & Michael Reed, Jr., Great-Grandsons
Blaise Aiden Trant-Perez, Great-Great-Grandson

Preceded in Death By

Leland D. Sykes, Husband
Mary Jane, Twin Sister
Virginia, Sister


Funeral Services

Thursday June 9, 2011, 1:00 p.m. at DeRoo Funeral Home
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Thursday June 9, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at DeRoo Funeral Home
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Memorial donations may be made to:
American Cancer Society


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