Betty A. (Dunahee) Buchanan 77, of Herrick, IL, answered her call to heaven at 9:50 AM on Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 after a nearly four year battle with cancer.Betty passed from this life in her rural Herrick home surrounded by family at her bedside.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Feb. 5. 2014 at 2:00 PM in Cowden Christian Church.Pastor Nathan Harper will officiate.Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday in the church and from 1:00 PM to time of the service on Wednesday.Burial will be in Myers Cemetery at Herrick.Memorials may be made on Betty’s memory to the Cowden Christian Church or the Herrick First Responders. On line condolences may be made to the family at

Betty was born to Ivan L. and Mae (Grove) Dunahee on October 17, 1936 at Calhoun, Illinois.

Betty was the president of the Richland County Rural Youth when she met the president of the Shelby County Rural Youth, Maurice Buchanan.The two presidents were supposed to get together to plan bowling match between the two counties. No one remembers the outcome of the bowling match, but everyone agrees that the match between Betty and Maurice was a good one.

Betty married Maurice on April 9, 1961 at Elm Street Christian Church in Olney, IL and they came to Herrick to live on the farm in the house where Maurice was born.Besides raising two boys, Betty was more apt to be found doing the things necessary to make a farm run smoothly, whether dealing with the livestock or doing fieldwork.

Betty was active as a 4-H Leader and later served as a superintendent in the Produce Barn at the Shelby County 4-H fairs.She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kuilka Chapter of Shelby County.She was involved with community projects in Herrick and served as a board member for the Cowden-Herrick School System for several years.The two things nearest to Betty’s heart were her church family at Cowden where she and Maurice were active members doing the little things that count and her contribution to keeping records at Myers Cemetery at Herrick, which resulted in a published collection of obituaries.

Surviving are sons Michael (Paula) Buchanan and Mark Buchanan both of Herrick; grandchildren: Paige Buchanan and Matthew Buchanan both of Herrick sister Mildred (Larry) Tracy of Frostproof, FL; brothers: Kenneth (June) Dunahee of Maryville, IL and Don Dunahee (Barb) of Calhoun, IL; sister-in-laws: Peg Dunahee of Olney, IL Lou Buchanan of Shelbyville, IL and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice, her parents and brother Russell Dunahee.