OBITUARY - BETTY JEAN (CARSON) SCHAEFER
Betty Jean CARSON SCHAEFER was born June 6, 1930, the only child of Lola CARSON. Shortly after her birth, her mother
passed away leaving her to be cared for by her grandparents, Gene and Maude CARSON, and their children: Beulah, Ray, Leo,
Ivan and Earl. At the age of eight, Betty went to live with her aunt, Beulah, and husband Everett Hersom. They had no
children and she was raised as their own.
On November 23, 1946, Betty was united in marriage to Robert SCHAEFER and they were blessed with two children, Randall
Eugene and Caryl Ann. After they were married, Betty and Bob lived in several western Iowa communities while Bob worked
on construction. In 1953, they settled back to Diagonal, Iowa and began farming. They have resided on their farm south of
town since 1964.
Betty was a homemaker who in earlier years enjoyed raising chickens and helping milk cows. She loved gardening, canning,
going to craft shows, going to the Iowa State Fair and crocheting, making many beautiful things. Probably her favorite
pastime was caring for her four-year-old grandson. He always looked forward to his visits with "Grandma and Grandpa
Betty was thrilled when two step-grandchildren joined the family and she loved them as her own. Family and friends were
very important to her, she enjoyed holidays and anytime that the family could get together. She was always one to put
others before herself.
Betty was a member of the United Church of Diagonal and for 30 years was a member of the Crafty Souls Club.
Betty passed away on January 21, 2002, at the age of 71 years, seven months and 15 days.
Betty was preceded in death by her mother, grandparents and aunts and uncles, Beulah and Everett HERSOM, Ray and Florence
CARSON, Ivan and Velma CARSON, Dorothy CARSON and Golda CARSON.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Bob; son, Randy of Knoxville, Iowa; daughter, Caryl Ann FINE and
husband Brian of New Market, Iowa; grandson, Clint FINE and step-grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan FINE; two special uncles,
Leo CARSON of Diagonal and Earl CARSON of Mount Ayr; brother-in-law, Lowell SCHAEFER and wife Maxine of Diagonal;
sisters-in-law, Thressa WILLEY and husband Don of Creston, Iowa and Darlene RICKER and husband Eldon of Mount Ayr;
several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Betty will be sadly missed by all who knew her and her memory will live forever in our hearts.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 24, 2002 at United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal with Reverend Karen
GARRISON officiating. Musicians were Judy NEWTON and Jennifer Schaefer. Casket bearers were Jack CARSON, Frank CARSON,
Mike SCHAEFER, Kenny SCHAEFER, Don WILLEY and Eugene RICKER. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry STEPHENS, Jack STEPHENS,
Brent SOBOTKA, Ed SOBOTKA, Eddie CARSON and Steve SOBOTKA.
Betty was laid to rest in the Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery, Diagonal.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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