Sarah Jean (VanGordon) Amos, A.K.A. Betty Buttons, was born October 14, 1948 to Thomas and Betty VanGordon in Kansas City, Missouri and “Kicked the bucket” September 27, 2017 in Collins, Missouri.
She was the oldest of four children, and the only daughter. This meant she grew up rough and tumble and had to help take care of her brothers Thomas JR, Earl (Eddie), and John. She also had to work part time and had to help with meals for the family.
Since she was brought up in a musically talented family, at an early age she began to discover her own musical talents, mostly playing guitar and singing. What a voice, and she had the looks to boot. This gave her many opportunities as she grew older. She won many awards for singing and playing guitar like Lick Skillet Days in Oak Grove Missouri, Dolly Parton look-a-like contests, she even sang jingles for local businesses. Eventually, she even got to sing with some bigger stars like Ernest Tubb. Her heart was always more at home locally, specifically the Country Family Jubilee where she sang and played music and had a comedy section as Betty Buttons. The last few decades of her life, she mostly played for local events and charities with her husband Larry Amos and her brothers Eddie and John. She primarily sang country, gospel and older rock music
Sarah was the matriarch of the family, always keeping everyone connected and informed. She was the cornerstone behind planning events such as the Golden/Robertson Family Reunion, holiday get- togethers, and birthday celebrations for family and friends.
Sarah loved to fish, but did not like to eat them. She loved camping, being amid nature, going to church, bowling, bingo, singing, playing and listening to music, but most of all she loved being with family and friends. No distance was too far and no phone call was too early or too late for a family member or friend in need.
Sarah had multiple children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends she inspired to pursue their musical abilities and talents along the way.
Sarah had a rough life until she met her soul mate Larry Amos and became married to him for the last 16 years. He was her Prince Charming and made her the happiest she had ever been. The two of them were inseparable.
She was preceded in death by her father Thomas VanGordon SR, mother Betty VanGordon, brother Thomas VanGordon JR, and infant granddaughter Sonja Norris.
Sarah is survived by her husband Larry Amos, Brothers Earl (Eddie) VanGordon and John VanGordon. Children: Shawn Norris, Shannon Norris, Sherry Samayoa, and Cheyenne Norris. 18 Grandchildren, 22 Great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends She will be dearly missed by all.
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