Dorothy Ann (Nelson) Betts
Apr 29, 1925 – Feb 4, 2017
Dorothy Ann (Nelson) Betts was born in Omaha Nebraska on April 29, 1925. She lived in Millard all her life, and was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Dorothy attended Millard Public Schools, graduating in 1943 in a class of 11 students. She graduated in 1947 from Iowa State University, where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, majoring in the field of Home Economics, specializing in Institutional Management.
Dorothy returned home to marry Elmer Betts from Elkhorn, Nebraska. They lived on a farm near Millard, which later became Oak Hills Country Club in 1967. Dorothy was a homemaker, raising two children, Grove and Andrea. She also volunteered in Millard, and was a church organist for St. Paul’s for many years.
When her children went to UNL, Dorothy returned to college to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education. She taught Home Economics in Millard Public Schools, mostly at Millard South High, from 1968 until she retired in 1991. She loved teaching! She also enjoyed times with friends, playing cards (especially bridge), reading, sewing and quilting, and doing crossword puzzles. She and Elmer liked traveling, especially spending time in Europe with Danish relatives, and later winters in Phoenix. Dorothy and Elmer were married for over 60 years until he died in 2011.
Dorothy was known for her fashionable style of dressing, her strong opinions on most everything, and her tendency to say “fiddle dee dee” if she disagreed with someone. She died on February 4, 2017, after dealing with many years of Alzheimer’s. She will be greatly missed by all!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer H. Betts; son, Grove E. Betts; brothers, Grove and William Nelson. She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Olson (Tom); grandchildren: Jennifer Alloway (Mitch), Michael Olson (Michelle), Dr. David Olson (Dr. Andrea), Grover Betts (Jen), and Wendy Kitchen (Scott); nine great-grandchildren: Kathryn, Jonathan, and Ryan Alloway, Thomas Olson, Emily Olson, Connor and Hadley Betts, Langden and Marshall Kitchen; daughter-in-law, Ronda Blakley; sisters-in-law, LuRee Nelson and Norma Nelson.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 7th from 5pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel. SERVICES Wednesday, Feb 8th at 10:30am, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millard. Interment, Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association, St. Paul Lutheran Church, or charity of your choice.