December 2, 1919 – September 16, 2014
Florence I. Betts, 94, a lifelong resident of Des Moines, passed away on September 16, 2014 at Hospice Kavanagh House. Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Monday, September 22, 2014 at Iles Grandview Park Funeral Home, followed by a graveside at 2:00 p.m. at Glendale Cemetery.
Florence was born on December 2, 1919 in Des Moines, the daughter of Joseph and Ressie (Cox) Rector. In her early years she was a member of the Y.W.C.A. and was interested in dancing, skating and hiking. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1937 and married the love of her life, Donald Ray Betts on February 14, 1942. While Don was serving in the Army overseas, Florence worked at the ordinance plant while raising her infant daughter, Donna. Following the war, their son, Larry was born. Florence worked at home and enjoyed sewing, crafts, camping and traveling with her husband and friends. Her main love of life was her family.
Florence is survived by her children, Donna (Gary) Dudney of Lorimor, IA and Larry (Dorothy) Betts of Des Moines; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; great grandson, Jacob Stuart and her two sisters, Eva Burgess and Bonnie Gaston.
Memorial contributions may be directed to H.C.I Care Services in her memory.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES ~ GRANDVIEW PARK CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Grandview Park Chapel 3211 Hubbell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50317 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com