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Betty J. Prudden

Betty Jean (Smith) Prudden, 89, of Mount Ayr passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Betty was the daughter of Samuel Hayden Smith and Naomi Meriam (Nickeson) Smith. She was born in Chugwater, Wyoming on October 15, 1927. Betty and family lived in Wyoming and Missouri until settling on a farm in southwest Iowa. Betty and her siblings rode horses to school to a one-room country schoolhouse. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1946.

Betty worked as a dental assistant for several years with Dr. Lawhead. She meet and married John R. Garity in 1953 and to this union had one son, John Ray Garity and they later divorced. In 1965, she was married to Ralph Prudden and to this union one son, Samuel Prudden was born.

Betty was a house wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening, reading, painting, listening to old radio shows and spending time with her special pets. she always had a smile on her face and in her heart. Betty delighted in the Lord and did her best always to please him.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brother Stanley Smith; sister Donna Greimann; her aunt that helped raise her Iva Barnhill. Left to cherish her memory are her sons Jonny Ray Garity and Samuel "Sam" Prudden; her grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Betty was a blessing to all that knew her. May God bless her Sweet Soul.

Services: 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Titus Lehman & Dennis Hause
Open Viewing: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm, Sat., August 12
Family Present: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Sat., August 12
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, Iowa
Memorial Fund: To the family for a gravestone
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mount Ayr, Iowa

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Betty was very sweet. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Aug 12 2017 12:00 AM

R.I.P. mama Betty you were loved by so many ,and you will be missed by so many , I loved coming to visit you when you lived in Mt Ayr , you always knew just the right thing to say to me when I was down , and I still remember all the times we had lunch and some times dinner together , I love you with all my heart .

Pam crewse Aug 11 2017 12:00 AM