Betty Blanchard, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at St. Christina Catholic Church, Parker with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home, Parker with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the church with family present beginning at 6 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Christina Catholic Church, PO Box 610, Parker, SD 57053
Betty Jean Betzer was born on Sept. 5, 1922 at Bronson, IA to Ernest and Cecile (Vanderloo) Betzer. She graduated in 1939 from Jefferson High School in Jefferson at the age of 16 as salutatorian of her class. She then attended Wayne State Teachers College. On May 21, 1941 she was united in marriage to Clifford V. Blanchard at Sioux City, IA. From this marriage 12 children were born. She spent most of her married life in the Parker area. Betty was a member of St. Christina Catholic Church and the Alter Society. She was a homemaker, former manager of a motel and writer for local publishers. She enjoyed teaching in the Literacy Program, craft hobbies, and antique collecting.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Clifford; daughters, Marcia (Jerry) McGill, Fort Calhoun, NE, Cherie (Les) Lunden, Parker, Virginia (Pat) Connors, Jefferson, Julie (Lee) Pascoe, Rathdrum, ID, Barbara (Dwayne) Ice, Rapid City, and Tracy (Steve) Lardinois, Parker, CO; sons, Lee (MaryAnn), Rapid City, Rodney (Linda), Oskaloosa, IA, Roche (Ilene), Rochester Hills, MI, Joel (Dar), Sioux Falls, and Greg (Diane), Broomfield, CO; and a brother, Dean (Faymone) Betzer, Omaha, NE; 18 granddaughters, eight grandsons, 24 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lisa; three grandsons, Brent, Darin, and Christopher Blanchard; and two son-in-laws, Terry Merritt and Bill Cvitak.