February 16, 2022

Betty J. Archer, 87, of Gillespie, Ill., died at St. John's Hospital in Springfield on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. She was born July 22, 1934, in Georgetown County, S.C., to David McDonald and Elna V. Perry McDonald Dudek. She married James L. Archer on Dec. 5, 1954. He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1986.

She was a nurse's aide. Betty enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals.

She is survived by her children, Daniel (Jennifer) Archer of Coffeen, Dennis (Mary) Archer of Wright City, Mo., David (Cindy Lawrence) Archer of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., Deborah (David) Wense of New Douglas; grandchildren, David Archer, Trisha Bradley, Jamie Mather, Michael Groff, Amy Foley, Jennifer Archer, Jordan Archer, James Archer; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Pat Ard, Mary White, Jerry McClannan, Johnnie Huggins, Juan McDonald, Linda Stone; and longtime friend, Chuck Eppinger. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and husband, and sisters, Susie McDonald and Audrene Bodi.

Friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 4 until 6 p.m. Memorial services will follow at the funeral home at 6 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be left online at

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