Betty, daughter of Arthur and Myrtle Clayton, was born Sept. 23, 1915 in Independence, where she grew up and graduated from Independence High School in 1933.
June 1, 1941, Betty married Floyd Walter Naff and created a family/friends oriented lifestyle in Chanute. Floyd partnered with Emmet Bolze to own and operate Naff and Bolze Hardware, later Naff “Ace” Hardware, from 1937-1976. Betty worked in the store when Floyd was in the army during WWII and periodically with her son, Jim and his wife, Shirley, from 1976-2004.
Betty’s creative talents flourished when she joined three close friends, Mary Browning, Rosemary Herold and Rosemary Biele, to establish the original “Carpetbaggers” art consignment business in Chanute.
Betty and Floyd were active members of the First United Methodist Church, several community organizations, Chanute Country Club and generous supporters in starting the Safari Museum.
“Betty Rides” and “Driving Miss Betty” fit her as she loved traveling with her family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, in 1991, and his brother, Ryburn, her parents and two brothers, Bob” Clayt” Clayton and J.C. Clayton.
Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca “Becce” Brazil and late husband, Phil, Dillon, Colo.; and a son, James Naff and wife, Shirley, Chanute; two grandsons, Jerrod Naff, Joplin, Mo., and Clayton Naff, Chanute; one great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Naff, Joplin; two sisters-in-law, Florence Naff, Fort Scott, and Betty Clayton, Coffeyville; two nephews, Mike Clayton, Colo., and Rick Clayton, California; three nieces, Colleen Musselwhite, Texas, Sherri Clayton Kansas City, Mo., and Sandy Guest, Oklahoma; and one great niece, Lyndsay Clayton.
Visitation is 7-8 p.m Monday, March 28 at Gibson Chapel, Chanute. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29 at the First United Methodist Church followed with internment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, KS.