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Betty Louise (Harris) Stuart was born August 24, 1926 on a farm north of Kellerton to Herbert James Harris and Mary Beatrice (George) Harris. She attended country school and later school in Beaconsfield. Betty rode a pony and sometimes needed a scoop shovel to ride to school because of the snow. Betty worked on the farm and would help her brother with traps, sometimes putting the catch in her pockets.
On July 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to the love of her life Earl "Scrawny" Stuart. To this union were four daughters, Linda, Donna, Diana and Marilyn.
In her early years, she worked at the Shamrock Truck Stop and Clearview Home both in Mount Ayr. She then spent 25 years working at O'Bryan Brothers in Leon. Betty was a very hard working and dedicated mother. She loved her family, friends, dogs and cats. She enjoyed dancing, listening to Elvis and country music, going to garage sales, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Kellerton Methodist Women and Kellerton American Legion Auxilliary.
Betty passed away July 11, 2017 at her home in Kellerton, Iowa at the age of 90 years old.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Earl in 1990; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Albert (Erma) Harris and Junior (Ruth) Harris; two sons-in-law, Marlon Pfaff and Richard Gerrard.
Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Linda Gerrard, Donna Norman, Diana (Richard) Cervetti and Marilyn Parkhurst; six grandchildren, Cory (Mandi) Norman, Cody (Kari) Parkhurst, Chelsea (Dale) Guernsey, Tyeler Cervetti, Talia Cervetti and Tarah Cervetti; three great-grandchildren, Avery Norman, Kathryn Parkhurst and Emily Parkhurst; numerous family and friends.
Services: 11:00 am – Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Officiant: Pastor Terry Roberts
Open Viewing: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fri., July 14 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Family Present: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Sat., July 15 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Memorial Fund: To the family to be decided later
Burial: Maple Row Cemetery - Kellerton, Iowa
Scrawn was the person my father considered is best friend. I have wonderful memories of going to visit them when I was a small child. Mostly I remember Betty cooking and getting to hold the baby kittens. My prayers to the family.
Brenda (Baker) Freeman Jul 14 2017 12:00 AM
Thoughts & prayers go out to Bettys family. I always enjoyed visiting with Betty as she was one of a kind. Always laughing as she enjoyed her family & loved to talk about them. She will be missed by all. Prayers & thoughts for her daughters as she loved having them all spend time with her. Will miss her calling & checking to see if my TV was working. She knew if mine wasn't that there definitely was something wrong with hers. Loved it!! Will miss her calls. Sandy Campbell & family
Sandy Campbell Jul 14 2017 12:00 AM
Your loss is tremendous and your hearts are breaking. Betty was one of a kind, she could always find the silver lining and her smile was never dull. She always spoke when she could. I remember her and Loreen going to the music jams and the dances. She loved her music her family and friends. Betty would brag always about you girls and loved to tell stories about her grandchildren and her greats she was so proud of all of you. I will miss her ready smile and infectious laugh. May god bless and comfort you all in your time of sorrow.
CINDY DUGAN Jul 14 2017 12:00 AM
You girls & grandkids have inherited your mom's great sense of humor, laughter & smile. She was always nice to visit with. It's nice that she could stay @ home around family, friends & kitties! Blessings & prayers for all of you!
Carol O'Roake Jul 13 2017 12:00 AM
Betty was such a wonderful lady. My mother and I would visit her when we went to Maple Row she was always happy. RIP
Bonnie Sego Alexander Jul 13 2017 12:00 AM
Betty always had something positive to laugh about. She once told me that her honeymoon was about canning a trunk full of peaches; that she and Scrawny began with few physical possessions and worked to build everything they had; and stayed together forever. Her cheerful smile will become one of tomorrows cherished keepsakes.
Rex Miller Jul 13 2017 12:00 AM
So enjoyed Betty, she always had a smile and enjoyed visiting. She reminded me so much of Junior, will miss seeing her.
Lois Ibbotson Jul 12 2017 12:00 AM
So sorry girls to hear of your mothers passing . She was always friendly towards mom . So glad she was able to remain at home in familiar surroundings . Always a nice lady.
Sherry (Jackson)Hancock Jul 12 2017 12:00 AM