OBITUARY: Betty Fern Metscher Senter


Betty Fern Metscher Senter, 83, former longtime resident of New Cut Road in Columbia, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at her granddaughter’s residence in Austin KY, where she had made her home recently.

She was born August 14, 1940 in Benton County, Missouri to the late Henry J. Metscher and the late Josephine Lutjen Metscher.

On August 14, 1958, she married Billy Joe Senter, and they shared over sixty five years of marriage. Mrs. Senter owned and operated her own dog grooming business for many years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Tony Dale (Roxanne) Senter of Hendersonville, TN, and Alan Wade (Sonia) Senter of Lafayette, TN; grandchildren, Scott (Heather) Senter, Matt (Cassie) Senter, Breeanna (Ryan) Ford, Josie (Auston) Harper, Krisston (Dustin) Jones, and Bradley (Taylor) Senter; twelve great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruby Campbell of Stover, Missouri.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Billy James Senter; and five siblings.

A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Philadelphia Cemetery on Fred White Road in Maury County with Rev. Jeff Kane officiating. The family will visit with friends on Wednesday following the service at the cemetery. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements.

The family suggests memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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