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Betty J. Oliver passed away peacefully, April 1, 2017 at Ecumen Pathstone Living Center in Mankato, MN. Betty was blessed to live until the age of 91.

A private memorial service will be held April 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Dr., North Mankato, with Pastor Tim Heinrichs officiating. A private burial will be in Winnebago, MN. Memorials are preferred to Pathstone Ecumen Living Center in Mankato.

Betty was born to Bessie and Bill Halverson on March 30, 1926 in Elmore, MN. She moved to Winnebago when she was in first grade. Betty graduated from Winnebago High School in 1944. In 1945, Betty was united in marriage to James Leon Oliver. Jim and Betty farmed south of Winnebago with Jim's parents, Leon and Vera Oliver. They were blessed with four children. Betty was gifted musically and directed the youth choir at Presbyterian Church of Winnebago. Betty also sang solos for many wedding during this time. Betty played piano throughout her life, which she enjoyed immensely. Betty moved to Mankato after the marriage ended, where she spent the rest of her life.

Betty worked in Mankato as an office manager at Telex Amco and later at Ziesmer's Ford Motor Company. She became a licensed realtor and worked for Huntziker Realty Company for many years. Betty later continued her education and became a real estate appraiser. After retirement, Betty worked part time at the Elks Club in Mankato.

Betty retired and spent her later years in her home which she loved. Betty was blessed as she lived out her life surrounded by care givers, friends, neighbors, and family who supported her in her ability to stay in her home until the age of 88. Betty enjoyed playing cards, reading the daily paper, and was often seen working on her crossword puzzle. Betty loved her family and looked forward to their visits and holiday celebrations.

In 2014, Betty moved to Pathstone Living. She lived out her life with contentment surrounded by staff that gave her very special care. She made many friends among the staff and residents and continued her love of music by singing in the Pathstone choir. Betty, while living at Pathstone, participated in the Pathstone Christmas programs. She was honored to be selected for the St. Lucia award voted on by the employees/residents of Pathstone Living.

Betty's ability to see joy in simple things and to remain optimistic in difficult situations brought her through many life challenges. Betty battled two types of cancer in her later years and fought through it and amazed us all! Betty's life was simple, but full of many blessings. The family is grateful for all the support she was given and would like to thank everyone who contributed to her joyful life.

Betty was a long time member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Mankato. She was able to continue her spiritual life with services and support from Pathstone clergy and staff.

Betty is survived by her four children and their spouses, Judy (Bud) Stanley of Scottsdale, AZ, Denny (Elaine) Oliver of Winnebago, Becky (Steve) Koehler of New Ulm, and Dean (Jean) Oliver of Jacksonville, FL; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Wakefield of Mankato and Tootie Mortvedt of Blue Earth. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joyce Schulenburg.
Published on  April 23, 2017
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