Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 22, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand officiated. Burial was held in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee. Funeral arrangements were handled by Greenwood Funeral Home of Cherokee.
Betty was born on Oct. 9, 1926 in rural Sutherland, to John and Irene Mangels. She was baptized and confirmed in Sutherland, and graduated in 1944 from Sutherland High School. Betty attended Spencer School of Business, then worked as a bookkeeper.
On March 2, 1951 she married Vernon Gordon in the Lowry Air Force Base Chapel in Colorado. She and Vernon lived and farmed in rural Cherokee, and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1998.
Betty enjoyed, and was actively involved in, farm activities. Her daughters always remained the center of her life; she was always there for each of them. Her grandchildren were always a joy in her life, as they loved their "Grandma g."
Betty's many interests included Bingo, the ladies morning coffee in Meriden, family and friends, and her kitties - Door and Bingo. She also enjoyed playing all types of cards, her computer, occasional trips to the casino, and watching game shows on television. She enjoyed traveling, especially to see her children and grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Gerald Willert (1948); her husband of 47 years, Vernon (1998); a son-in-law, Jerry Massengale; four sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include her four daughters, Pam Willert Harrmann of Sutherland; Jeanne Ravnsborg and her husband, Richard, of Quimby; Joanne Massengale of Monticello, Ky.; Nancy Hill and her husband, Norm, of Sutherland; six grandchildren, Angela Smith of Waterloo; Chris Smith of Dubuque; Marc Rupp and his wife, Deonna, of Volin, S.D.; Brian Rupp and his wife, Michelle, of Burbank, S.D.; Jason Ravnsborg of Yankton, S.D.; Jeremy Massengale and his wife, Lela, of Monticello, Ky.; two step-grandchildren, Mark Hill of Cherokee; Jackie Hill Slack of Clinton, N.J.; twelve great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Faye Willert of Spencer, Betty Mangels of Waterloo, Mabel Parrott of Aurelia, Tiny Gill of Meriden, Liz Curry and her husband, Lyle, of Des Moines; and brothers-in-law Maynard Zoch of Larrabee, Walt Gordon and his wife, Judy, of Meriden; and Bill Gordon and his wife, Cheryl, of Cherokee.