Betty J. Thomas, 83, of Thor, passed away November 4, 2013 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor with the Rev. Darrell Landsverk officiating. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. Friday at the Church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Thomas, the daughter of A. Perry and Margaret Elizabeth (Weir) Thomas, was born at Eagle Grove, Iowa on October 25, 1930. When she was four months old, she moved with her parents to a farm near Badger, Iowa. She attended country school near Badger for eight years and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1949. After graduation, she worked in Fort Dodge for Dr.’s Irish and Handy as a dental assistant. On December 18, 1949 she was united in marriage to V. Dexter Thomas. They lived in an apartment in Badger and she continued her work in Fort Dodge. In March of 1951 they moved to a farm near Eagle Grove. They farmed together in the Eagle Grove and Thor areas until moving to Springvale in Humboldt in November of 2006 due to Dexter’s failing health.
Betty was a long time member of the Ullensvang Lutheran Church at Thor and took an active part in the women’s organization, library, and church council. She and her husband worked for 15 years for YOUR, UDMO, and managing the UDMO Food Warehouse.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Jim) Mouw of Sioux Center, Iowa; sons, Harry (Jenny) Thomas of Humboldt, Iowa and Paul (Diane) Thomas of Kamrar, Iowa; foster son, Jeffrey (Celeste) Coates of Torrance, CA; grandchildren, Ryan, Kelly, Lindsey, and Clair; foster grandchildren, Gabrielle, Cameron, and Jessie; great grandchildren, Abriella, Brock, and Matyah. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, George Lewis of Humboldt, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dexter in March of 2009; and her sister, Joan Lewis.
Betty counted her family as her life’s biggest blessing. Her happiest days were when her family was with her.