EAGLE GROVE - Betty Umthun, 85, of Clarion, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at her home at Lake Cornelia.
A Memorial Mass for Betty Umthun will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove with Father Nils Hernandez officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 5, 2014 beginning with a Rosary Service at 4:00 PM followed by visitation until 7:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion, and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.
Betty Lois was born February 26, 1928 to Norvel and Kate (Brooks) Carter in Clarion. She attended Clarion schools.
Betty was united in marriage to Joe Umthun at St. John's Catholic Church in Clarion on November 27, 1946. The couple made their home in Eagle Grove, and to this union, five children were born. Betty was a home maker and helped support Joe in the Umthun Trucking business.
Betty was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove, where she was very active in Catholic Daughters and in Ladies' Guild. She was a founding member of the Sacred Heart food stand at the Wright County Fair. She also served as a Girl Scout leader for many years.
Family was Betty's focus; she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and Joe have had a summer home at Lake Cornelia since 1960 and the family life revolved around the lake. Betty and Joe also spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona over the years.
Betty and Joe loved to travel, they took many trips to Europe, Ireland, Rome, Hawaii, and Alaska, to name a few. She also loved needlework of all types, jigsaw puzzles, and she was very dedicated to completing the Des Moines Register crossword puzzle every day. Betty loved cards, especially playing bridge with the ladies every Tuesday. She had previously bowled on a league, went ice fishing in Minnesota, enjoyed playing golf and water skiing.
Betty is survived by her husband Joe of Clarion, their children Judy (Jim) Jorgensen of Clarion, Pam Webb of Clarion, and Jacki (Mark) Thompson of Alexandria, Virginia; grandchildren Tom (Laura) Webb of Ridgeland, Mississippi, Abby (Andrew) Higginbotham of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nora (Brandon) Thompson of Clarion, Laura (Mitch) McGonegle of North Liberty, Tina (Bob) Mobley of Jefferson, and Alice (James) Cherry of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; thirteen great-grandchildren; brother Ronald (Ann) Carter of Waterloo, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Katherine and son Joseph, both in infancy, and twelve siblings.