Betty Jo Flowers Steppedahl – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
April 22, 1936 – February 2, 2022
JACKSON — Betty Jo Flowerstreppendahl passed away peacefully at her home in Madison, Mississippi on February 2, 2022 at the age of 85. A celebration honoring her life will be held on February 11 at the Fairview Inn in Jackson, MS. 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Start of a short memorial service at 3 p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends.
Betty Jo was born on April 22, 1936 in Carlisle, MS to George Washington Flowers and Nannie Mae Owens Flowers. She moved to the Heuck’s Retreat Community in Brookhaven at a young age and graduated from Heuck’s Retreat School.
Betty Jo, a 1956 graduate of Copiah Lincoln Community College, was selected as the Favorite on Campus, Homecoming Queen, and Most Beautiful. She represented Co-Lin on the Colette dance team and performed at the National American Legion Convention in Washington, DC and the Ed Sullivan Toast of the Town Show in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating, she was Colette director from 1957 to 1968. In 2009 she was honored with induction into the Co-Lin Colette and Band Hall of Fame.
Betty Jo was a pioneer in the insurance and medical liability industry and founded the Professional Insurance Agency, one of the first privately held female insurance companies in Brookhaven. Her pioneering efforts for women in insurance continued as she moved to Jackson, worked for St. Paul Insurance, and eventually retired as Director of Marketing and Associate Vice President of Virginia Insurance Reciprocal. A accomplished businesswoman, Betty Jo continued her professional endeavors in the insurance industry after retirement, founding Professional Administrative Services, a limited liability company dedicated to serving numerous hospitals, insurance companies and professional associations.
While Betty Jo made a significant impression as a career woman, those who knew her would attest that she was just as passionate about her life as a mother, grandmother, friend, and entertainer. In the years following her retirement, Betty Jo relocated to Woodville, where she loved hosting parties and gatherings large and small, always ready to greet her company with a great story and a good cocktail. She could also be found in Oxford cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels with her beloved grandchildren, or hanging out with friends by the pool at her Orange Beach condo. When she finally settled on the “#3 hole” at the Madison golf course, she was spotted most days with her dog, Sophie, on her golf cart. Betty Jo loved life and those who knew her during her life loved her dearly.
Betty Jo appreciated her friends with such warmth and sincerity that everyone felt like she was family. However, that special honor remained with her late husband Billy Ray Stewart, beloved son Billy “Greg” Gregory Stewart, and grandsons Austin and Jacob Stewart (Jordan). She also had the blessing of a second family in thetreppedahls as she was also continued in death in 2002 by her late husband, adolph wettlin treppendahl. She remained close to her stepson A. Wettlin Hügel, Jr., his wife Sally, and their children Betsy Ewing (Brad) Susan LeBlanc (Blake) and Wettlin Hügel III (Emily). In addition to her grandchildren, Betty Jo was blessed with eight great-grandchildren Elliott, John Oliver, Sally, Ann Baine, James, Louis, Eliza, Wettlin IV and William (expected in March). She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law George and Shirley Flowers.
She was a faithful member of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland and maintained close ties with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Copiah Lincoln Community College Foundation or St. Columb’s Episcopal Church.