Funeral Services: Will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with burial at the Greenfield Cemetery. Dessert and refreshments will follow the burial at the church. Pastor Melinda Stonebraker will officiate the service. The Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of the professional arrangements.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Sunday, June 5, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: May be made to the Betty Stewart memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Betty Colleen (Robinson) Stewart was born on September 25, 1942 in Greenfield, IA on the Robinson Dairy Farm. Her parents were Merle Jay Robinson and Mary L. (Eddy) Robinson Tharp. Betty passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at the Avoca Care Center in Avoca, IA at the age of 79.
Betty's father died when she was 7 years old, and she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 8 years old. Her mother married Glen Tharp when Betty was 13. She attended school in Fontanelle, graduating from B-F in 1960. She attended college at Iowa Wesleyan and SWCC and worked in Omaha before meeting Larry Smit, marrying him in 1965. Out of this union came three daughters, Rita Louise, Lori LeAnn, and Donna Jean.
Her young family moved around a lot the first few years to California, Texas, and South Dakota before purchasing the home in Greenfield. After their divorce, Betty continued to raise her girls, and finished an Associate's Degree in Photography. She married Gregory F. Stewart in 1988, adding three stepchildren to her family. Greg passed away December 14, 2007 and Betty lost her best friend.
Greg and Betty loved to go fishing, play bingo and go on car rides. Betty was very devoted to the VFW, and had served as president of the Greenfield VFW Women's Auxiliary. Betty loved to keep busy, and made many creations with plastic canvas and yarn.
The last several years, Betty had been living in the Council Bluffs, IA area nearer to her daughters. She had been in an assisted living facility until several months ago, when her health took a sudden turn and she required long term care.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Jay Robinson and Mary Robinson Tharp, her step-father Glen Tharp, her husband Greg Stewart, her daughter Donna Smit, step-brother Ralph Tharp, step-sister Arlene Tharp Chesnut, and son-in-law Matthew Wilson.
She leaves to cherish memories, her daughter Rita (Smit) Grossenstein and wife Tina, daughter Lori (Smit) Wilson, granddaughter Aby (Gross) Bauer and husband Nik, grandson Alex Gross and great-grandson Hux Bauer; other relatives and friends.