West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Betty Claudine Montgomery Tharp was born on June 1st, 1940 to Claude Medford and Vida Jane (Redburn) Montgomery in West Plains, Missouri. She departed this life on September 1st, 2020 to rejoin her beloved husband in the arms of Jesus at the age of 80 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Loren Edward Tharp, her parents, and one sister, Patricia Jane (Montgomery) Woolman.
She married Loren Edward Tharp on December 21, 1957, and their union was blessed with three children, Eddie Daryl Tharp and wife Angela of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Deborah (Tharp) Tuhey and husband Michael, of Springfield, Missouri, and Billy Dale Tharp and wife Karen of Springfield, Missouri.

She is survived by her children; six grandchildren, Jonathan Allmon and wife, Amber, Nathan Allmon, Alecia (Tharp) Burleson and husband Mark, Jesse Tharp and wife Marissa, Edward James Tharp and wife Susannah, and Jamie Tharp; seven great grandchildren, with another one on the way; her brothers, Paul Montgomery and wife Thelma, Clifford Montgomery and wife Mary (Deceased) and David Montgomery and wife Brenda, and many nieces and nephews.

She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and served Him her entire life. After her retirement she served in the church nursery and was a grandma to many children until her health declined.

She enjoyed embroidery and quilting. She gifted many pieces, which are treasured by the recipients to this day.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s or the Gary Sinise Foundation for Veterans, and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be Friday, September 4, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, West Plain.

Church services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Worship Service in West Plains, officiated by Pastor Charles Cale.

Burial will be in at Elk Creek Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Darline Tharp
    September 3, 2020 @ 8:52 am

    Loved this precious lady. She was a friend as well as a sister-in-law. She is with her Lord and Ed.


    • Deborah Tuhey
      September 3, 2020 @ 9:48 am

      Gone to heaven to be with Jesus and daddy. She has new legs and i picture her walking hand in hand with Dad.


      • Vincent Fischer
        September 14, 2020 @ 7:32 am

        I’m sorry for your loss Deb. Hope to meet her when I get to heaven.


  2. Amber(Cozort)Redburn
    September 3, 2020 @ 7:41 pm

    Billy and the Tharp Families,
    We want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Betty. During this difficult time may God comfort, encourage, and strengthen all of you. Our thoughts/prayers are with all of you daily. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Norris/Ivene Cozort
    Tim, Amber(Cozort), and Corby Redburn


  3. Darlene Chowning-Wilson and husband, Earl.
    September 4, 2020 @ 3:25 am

    Betty was a very special lady and was always good and caring toward me. God needs more true Christians like Betty in the world we live in today. She loved her Lord and lived the life. To her family she was a jewel and I pray God gives all of you His extra strength and love during this time. I will never forget how special she treated me and pray I could be like her in my Christian life. God bless all of you and my prayers will be going up for all her family!


  4. Hassel and Alice Vandergriff
    September 4, 2020 @ 8:25 am

    Eddie, Debbie, Billy and the rest of the family; we are so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing! We were neighbors many years ago on Worcester Street, and she and my mom became good friends. She was always so sweet to me, and always had a beautiful smile! Sending my love and prayers; she is with your dad now, and other loved ones who have gone before.


  5. Jennan Williams
    September 5, 2020 @ 9:37 am

    If any one ever treated me like my own mother did it was her. I loved her very much. So glad i had her as a mother in law for so many years. She was precious to my children as a grandmother.
    Betty, i know you are so happy now in his perfect presence, healed and whole, and i look forward to seeing you again!!
    Jennan Williams


  6. Pamela Johnson
    September 5, 2020 @ 12:58 pm

    Betty and Ed and family were our neighbors for a very long time. It was great to be able to spend the last years in church with them. So appreciated Betty’s perseverance in coming to church when many in her physical situation would not have. She truly loved the Lord and God’s people.


  7. Wanda and Bud Daves
    September 5, 2020 @ 2:16 pm

    Betty was the same in school, very lovely person and I love being around her. Even in the later years when she was in rehab and my husband was there after heart surgery, she was inspiring to me. Betty you were loved my many.


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