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Betty Williamson 1931-2014

May 8, 2014
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Betty Williamson of Ruthven will be held Friday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Tom Summerfield will officiate.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation for Betty Williamson will be Thursday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.

Betty Williamson, daughter of Alfred and Ruth (Nelson) Westergard, was born July 26, 1931 near Graettinger. She attended Lost Island country school and graduated from Graettinger High School in 1950. Betty began teaching after obtaining her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers' College. She continued her education for several years, receiving her B.A. from Buena Vista College and in 1980 her M.A. in Educational Psychology from University of Northern Iowa.

Throughout her teaching career, Betty taught in Ayrshire, Spencer, Cherokee and Emmetsburg. She was a devoted and dedicated teacher for 45 years before retiring in 1996 from Emmetsburg Community School. This devotion, to the importance of education, was instilled in her family.

On Dec. 28, 1955, Betty was united in marriage to Luverne Williamson at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Graettinger. To this union two children were born. They raised their family on a farm between Ayrshire and Ruthven. Betty was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven for many years.

In 1994 Luverne and Betty moved to Spencer. After retiring from teaching, Betty worked at Carroll's Bakery and Nelson Jewelry in Spencer because she loved visiting with people and staying busy. Betty enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family. She was an avid Bridge and Rook player. Betty enjoyed baking, especially for holidays. Family favorites were banana cream pie and Special K bars. She will be remembered for her endless energy, shopping road trips, quick wit, and ability to relate to people.

Betty passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Kansas City, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Luverne on Feb. 21, 2004.

She is survived by her children, Lori (Chris) Harvey of Kansas City, MO and their children Alex, Sara, and Jennifer; David Williamson of Winneconne, WI and his children Bryan and Kristen; a brother, Ken (Dorene) Westergard of Spirit Lake; several nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.

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