Betty Jo Johnson Ross Pruett, 92, of Monticello, passed away on January 7, 2021, at The Woods Nursing and Rehab in Monticello.
She was born on July 18, 1928, in Pine Bluff to the late Valleau William “Hook” Johnson and Kathleen Simpson Stokes Stephens.
Betty Jo worked for Southwestern Bell Company for three years and was proud to witness the dial tone system installed in Monticello. Most of her working career was as an administrative assistant for the First United Methodist Church in Monticello, the local Chamber of Commerce, the mayor’s office, State Rep. James Jordan’s office, and the MEDC.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer, secretary of the board, a choir and circle member.
Betty Jo was named Monticello’s Woman of the Year in 1979 and received the Distinguished Service Award for the community in 1983. She was also a member of PEO and DAR.
In addition to her parents, Betty Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Henry Lee Ross and husband, George Pruett.
Survivors include her five daughters, “The Ross Girls”: Jody Gladden (Billy), Kathy Norris, Sandy Funderburg (David), Patty Ross, and Tammy Lawson (Paul), all of Monticello; 11 grandchildren, Monica Harris (Steve), Kelly Griffin (Kevin), Meghan Amoroso, Stephen Norris, Chance Norris (Tabitha), Danny Funderburg (Jan), Jennifer Jordan (Kevin), Whitney Maggard (Jacob), Olivia Ashcraft (Andy), Amy Howard, and James Savage (Julie); 26 great grandchildren and 15 great, great grandchildren; and a stepsister, Bobye Ann Bryant of Warren Arkansas.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 9 at 3:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Bryan Diffee and Rev. Lori Fallon officiating.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main Street, Monticello, Arkansas, 71655 or the charity of your choice.