Betty Jean Cagna

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Betty Jean Cagna

Betty Jean Cagna, 83, longtime Lexington resident, died Dec. 26, 2013, at the Lexington Care Center, in Lexington. Funeral services were held Dec. 30, 2013, at United Methodist Church at Lexington, with the Rev. Terry Cook officiating. Burial was in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville.

Mrs. Cagna was born Feb. 27, 1930. She was the daughter of Gus and Mary Rutherford Gerkin. She grew up in Aullville. She graduated from Higginsville High School in 1948 and from Central Missouri state College, at Warrensburg, in 1952. She married Joe Cagna of Lexington on Nov. 18, 1952, at Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, while he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corp Air Group. She taught school while in Hawaii. Returning to Lexington in 1954, she continued teaching and obtained her master's degree in both home economics and counseling. In 1973, she opened Betty's See-N-Sew in Higginsville where she gave sewing lessons. In 1979, she sold her business to teach at Central Missouri State University, at Warrensburg, retiring in 1981. She also taught at Park University at Park-ville. She was also a travel agent. She was a member of American Association of University Women, Kappa Omicron Phi-Home Economics, Business and Professional Women's Club and Beta Sigma Phi. She represented Missouri in the Mrs. American Pageant in 1966. She was a member of United Methodist Church and involved with several church committees.

Mrs. Cagna is survived by a son, Chris Cagna, of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Dave (Theresa) Heimsoth of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; a brother, Bill Gerkin, of Tigard, Ore.; a sister, Dorothy Hoefer, of Higginsville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Pallbearers were Chris Cagna, Dave Heimsoth, Mark Heimsoth, Stephen Heimsoth, Robert Fields and Chad Weigand. Honorary pallbearers were Don Mudd and Ryszard Klosek.

Memorials may be made to the church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements were made by Hoefer Funeral Home, Higginsville.