‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Betty's visitation.


Betty Jo Blessman

Betty Jo Blessman, age 92
September 27, 1922 - October 15, 2014

Betty was born to Harry and Blanche Stamper in Diagonal, Iowa where they lived until the family moved to Mount Ayr in 1935. Betty graduated from Mount Ayr High School and met the love of her life, Leroy Blessman from Clearfield, at the local roller rink. After high school, she moved to Des Moines and worked for the Iowa Driver's License Department.

Betty and Leroy married December 23, 1943, and resided in Clearfield until 1968. They were blessed with two children, Dr. James Blessman of Polk City, Iowa, and Susan Lapour of Blue Springs, Missouri, five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

In November of 1968 they moved to Mount Ayr, and Betty worked for the Mount Ayr Veterinary Clinic for several years. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church and Eastern Star.

Betty loved spending time with her family and friends. She was spunky, loved to laugh, and thoroughly enjoyed life. She kept busy with her hobbies of quilting, gardening, cooking, collecting dolls, and playing cards. At the age of 30 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was told she would be in a wheelchair within 10 years. Thankfully it went into remission, and she stayed active until her death. At age 70 she took piano lessons and learned to swim. She was still riding her bicycle into her 80's. She gave many home perms to her granddaughters and made outfits and doll clothes. She made lots of mashed potatoes over the years for her grandsons and was blessed to know and love all of her great-grandchildren. Her favorite pastime in recent years, other than spending time with family and friends, was playing with her little dog, Jodie, who was her faithful companion until the end.

Betty and Leroy enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage. She lived in Blue Springs, Missouri with her daughter Susan since Leroy's death August 21, 2011.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Mary (Dean) Cobb; her children, Jim (Beth) Blessman, and Susan (Tom) Lapour; her grandchildren, Christy (Dave) Caldwell, Dustin (Rene) Blessman, Kelsey (Robert) Seaberg, Steve (Jane) Lapour, and Laurie (Steve) Bettlach; and her great-grandchildren, AJ, Zach, and Olivia Caldwell, Juniper Seaberg, Hannah, Aubrey, and Tommy Lapour, and Allison, Sam, and Katlyn Bettlach; her sister-in-laws, Lois Wurster and Esther Blessman, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her parents, her husband, and three of her siblings, Dorothy Campbell, Helen Gordon, and Harry Stamper preceded Betty in death.

A luncheon will be provided by the United Methodist Church at 11am Monday, October 20, with visitation following at 12pm, and the funeral service at 1pm in the sanctuary. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be designated to Blessman Ministries, a non-profit founded by her son www.blessmanministries.org or to Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.

  • Luncheon

    October 20, 2014
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Visitation With Family Present

    October 20, 2014
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    October 20, 2014
    1:00 PM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Monday October 20 2014

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Betty Blessman, please visit our flower store.



Guestbook

Jim and Beth,
We are so sorry for your loss. Enjoyed reading your mother''s obituary. She sounded like a truly remarkable woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bob and Diane Cronin

Posted by Diane - Urbandale, IA - friend of Jim and Beth Blessman   October 22, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Leroy and Betty were our next door neighbors in Mount Ayr. Many fond memories with them as our children were growing up. We wish to extend our sympathy to her family.
Lloyd & Kay Drake

Posted by Lloyd & Kay Drake - Tingley, IA   October 20, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Betty and Leroy were such a nice couple, not only was Betty a relative, she was a friend. I used to do her hair in my beauty shop for many years and we would laugh and have a good time. Our sympathy to the whole family. May you fondly remember all the good times together to help with the sad times.

Posted by Jim and Janet (Barker) Knedler - Berryton, KS - Friend and relative   October 17, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Friends and Family uploaded 1 to the gallery.

Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM