Betty Mae Coy of Gassville, Arkansas, formerly of Creston, died Sunday,
December 12 at, Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines of injuries
sustained in an automobile accident in Worth County, Missouri on Monday,
November 29. She was fifty-nine years of age.
Mrs. Coy was born at Panora, Iowa on May 18, 1923 to Robert and Daisy
She was united in marriage with Russell C. Franke on March 19, 1938. He
preceded her in death March 27, 1967.
On April 27, 1968, Betty was married to Acil Coy in Orient, Iowa.
Mrs. Coy lived in Creston most of her life, until moving to Minnesota in 1970
and then to Arkansas in 1976. She was a homemaker.
Preceding her in death besides her first husband were her parents and a half
brother, Luther Keller.
Survivors include her husband of the home in Arkansas; a daughter, Mrs. Betty
Dukes of Lenox; three sons, Wayne Franke, Arthur Franke, both of Creston and
Leroy Franke of Des Moines; a step-daughter, Mrs. Anna Beth Williams of
California; two step-sons, Charles Coy, Sr. and Dick Coy, both of Des Moines;
fourteen grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; six sisters, Mrs. Bertha
Wiley of Osceola, Mrs. Myrtle Allen of Indianola, Mrs. Irene Overholzer of
Creston, Mrs. Marie
Perry of Des Moines, Mrs. Margaret Harden of Arizona, and Mrs. Mildred Cochran
of California; and three brothers, Allen and Alfred Blanchard, both of Creston
and her twin brother, Bert Blanchard of Des Moines.
Services were held Wednesday, December 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Keating-Lindsay
Funeral Home in Creston. Pastor Ellis Cooper of the Crest Baptist Church in
The organist was Mrs. Barbara Kuyper and the vocalist was Mrs. Berniece Mason.
Vocal selections were "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "The Old Rugged
Cross". The special organ selection was "In the Garden".
Casket bearers were Ben Dodge, Carl Vogel, Harry Loghry, Glen Heinbuch and
Interment was in the Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton.
A memorial has been established to the Salvation Army with the proceeds to be
given to the "Dress the Doll" Christmas fund.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014