Sally Myers Bethea, resident of Willow Springs, Mo., passed away on June 18, at age 74, due to complications from cancer.

Sally Myers Bethea, resident of Willow Springs, Mo., passed away on June 18, at age 74, due to complications from cancer.
Sally was born in New Orleans, La., and raised in Neosho, by her parents, who preceded her in death, Lorene Bethea, nee Myers and Theodore W. Bethea. 
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Donald Crawford, her daughter, Jessica Pollak (Stuart) Kahn, and her siblings, Anne (Russ Baker) Bethea and Dr. William (Candy) Bethea and three grandchildren, Avi, Cassidy and Zoe- as well as step-children, Jonda, Darlene, Arlene and Billy, their children, and many beloved friends and colleagues. 
In the last decade of her life, she and Don made Prescott, Ariz., and then Willow Springs, Mo., their home and gained many new friends in each place. Sally was an adjunct professor of Applied Sociology for Incarnate Word College for the past 12 years, and was passionate about helping people find better opportunities through education, mentoring and apprenticeships. She was a member of the local Unitarian Universalists and Stand and Resist community groups. She will be remembered for her advocacy across so many efforts, including assisting women released from incarceration to find employment and housing, and championing access to Western Governors University for residents of Howell County, Missouri. Her super powers were building bridges with people whose politics or backgrounds were different than her own, and lighting up rooms with her class, beauty and intelligence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a memorial fund established in her name supporting community improvement projects in Willow Springs. Go to this site:  https://goo.gl/6hSQSP then select “other” from the drop down and write in: Sally Bethea Memorial Fund. There is an online guestbook at: www.never-gone.com/memorials/sallybethea.