Betty R. Woolery

Betty R. Woolery

March 1, 1925 – April 13, 2022

Betty Woolery was born in Omaha, Nebraska on March 1, 1925, to William and Selma Benash. Her brother, Ken, was born five years later. She attended elementary through high school in the Benson area. After graduation, she did secretarial work for Father Flanagan at Boys Town. She married Bill Woolery after he returned from serving in the military during World War II, on January 23, 1946. They had three sons: Lee (1947), Dale (1954), and Brian (1957).

Betty was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church for most of her adult life. She was involved in quilting, the church library, crafting cards for all occasions from recycled greeting cards, helping out in the kitchen for funerals, and as a member of LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League). For decades she sent cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions to all her family and friends. Up until the past two and a half weeks when Betty went into hospital and hospice care, she had lived in the same house since 1953. She had a deep love for her family, friends, and Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She peacefully left this earthly life for her heavenly home on the morning of April 13, 2022.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William and Selma; her husband of 42 years, Bill; her son, Dale; and her daughter-in-law, Gretchen.

Betty is survived by her brother, Ken; her sons, Lee and Brian (Edith); six granddaughters: Heather (Eric), Shauna (Kyle), Jodi (Ryan), Lindsay (Ryan), Sara (Alex), and Iris (Ryan); one grandson, Roman; ten great-grandchildren: Sam, Abby, Jade, Avery, Adam, Neveah, Tuff, Braeson, Sophie, and Rhett.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 16th, 2pm at the West Center Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League or the Orphan Graine Train in Norfolk, NE.

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  • Ann W Wachsmann Posted April 15, 2022 12:43 pm

    We have such good memories of Bible studies, various church activities both at Bethany and elsewhere, and those wonderful cards she sent for years on my birthday. She was an excellent example of how to live as a Godly woman and I thank the Lord for her friendship.

  • Nancy & Lynn R Meyer Posted April 15, 2022 4:10 pm

    Lynn and I were sorry to see that Betty died the day we left for Chicago to visit our son, after his surgery. Betty was such a great person and she lived a full life. I hope her grandchildren and great grandchildren will have her wonderful traits. Our sympathy to all the family and I’m sorry we couldn’t be there.

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