Betty Jean Whitlow, 89, McLeansboro


Betty Jean Whitlow, age 89 and a resident of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 9:18 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at The Silver Foxes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, McLeansboro, IL

Visitation will be held Monday, April 1, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro with Graveside Services to follow at

12:00 Noon at Brush Harbor Cemetery. Pastor Rick Floyd will officiate the service.

Betty was born October 16, 1934 in Norris City, IL to Albert Bryant and Genevieve Mae ( Boyd ) Bryant. She married Clarence Leon Whitlow on January 15, 1949. She was a homemaker and Betty attended Brush Harbor Church. Everyone knew her as “The Strawberry Lady” and she ran BJ’s Market with her husband Leon for many years. She was an avid gardener and loved flowers.


Betty is survived by Son Mike Whitlow and wife Tina, McLeansboro, IL; Daughter, Linda Stricklin and husband Benny of Harrisburg, IL; 6 – Grandchildren; 10 – Great Grandchildren; 5 – Great Great Grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by: Parents, Husband, Son Terry and Granddaughter Brandi Rann and 3 Sisters.


HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of arrangements.