Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Pastor Missy Brown will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Betty was born on May 28, 1921 to Robert and Myrna (Allen) Gates at Cherokee, and graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1938. After graduation, Betty attended Cedar Falls College for one year. She was united in marriage on June 10, 1943 to Raymond Zwick at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Betty taught rural school in Afton Township for five years and worked as an aide at Sunset Knoll in Aurelia for 11 years.
Betty was a member of Farm Bureau for 68 years, Afton Community Club for 65 years, 50 year member of Rebekah Lodge in Cherokee and Aurelia, First United Methodist Church in Aurelia and was past president of the United Methodist Women.
In 1994, the Zwick family farm was recognized as a century farm while Betty was still living there.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Raymond, in 1989.
Betty is survived by her two children, Ginny Anderson and her husband Gary of Aurelia and Bill Zwick of Des Moines; five grandchildren - Kim (Bill) Luetkeman of Aurelia; Kory (Tina) Anderson of Malvern; Angela (Chris) Trotta of O'Fallon, Missouri; Heidi Zwick of Des Moines; and Erin (Dustin) Hemesath of Des Moines; eight great-grandchildren - Brooke, Gus, Ryleigh, Lucas, Tyler, Abigail, Andrew and Makayla; and her sisters, Joan (Neville) Lucas of Cherokee, and Roberta (Darrell) Rapp of St. Cloud, Minn.