Betty Woodside passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle.
Funeral Services: Will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Avondale United Methodist Church, rural Fontanelle with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Pastor Laurel Westerkamp will officiate the service.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Monday, January 12th, at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle.
Memorials: To the Betty Woodside memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Betty Mae (Thompson) Woodside was born December 28, 1926 on a farm near Barney, Iowa, a little town north and east of Lorimor in Madison County, Iowa, the daughter of Opal Irene (Grandfield) and Lester Samuel Thompson. She passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the age of 88 years 11 days at the Fontanelle Good Samaritan Society surrounded by her loving family.
Betty lived most of her childhood years on farms in the Madison County area. She attended country school and later attended Macksburg High School where she graduated with the class of 1943. After graduation she went to Des Moines where she attended Burroughs Calculator School and later worked as a receptionist at Standard Chemical Co.
Betty was united in marriage to Clyde Wilburn Woodside on August 22, 1945 at the Greenfield Methodist Parsonage. Betty and Clyde began their married life on the family farm, Washington Township, Adair County. In 1946 they purchased the Skelly Oil Station in Fontanelle where they both worked the station and later built a new home behind the station. On November 23,1949 they were blessed with a daughter, Sharon Kay, their pride and joy. In 1952 they moved back to the farm. During winter months Betty & Clyde spent the winter months in Apache Junction, Arizona. Betty enjoyed helping on the farm, her big garden , sewing, quilting her many quilts, playing cards and games and putting puzzles together with friends and spending time with her family. They enjoyed having nephews come to spend summers with them on the farm. After her beloved Clyde passed away, 1998, she moved to the Fontanelle Summerset Estates until she went to live at the Fontanelle Good Samaritan Society in 2010.
Betty enjoyed her special times with her two special grandsons, Chris and Dewayne, while they were growing up and as their families grew. She was blessed with two wonderful granddaughter-in-laws, Heather Stuva and Jamie Stuva, 8 great grandchildren Bailey, Colton, Josey, Carli, Elaina, Destiny (Keden), Peyton (Justin), Austin; and 2 great great grandsons, Dalton and Cruze. She loved to share the family pictures of all of them.
Betty was a member of the Avondale United Methodist Church, rural Fontanelle where she was active in the United Methodist Women’s club and Sunshine Club where she served as an officer in many areas.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Samuel and Opal Thompson, her in-laws Fred and Myrtle Woodside, her husband Clyde Woodside, brothers-in-laws Ralph Kester, Dale Fritz, Glen Saylor, sisters-in-law Mary (Woodside) Saylor and Ethel Woodside.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Sharon Kay (Dennis) Stuva of Bridgewater; two grandsons, Christopher (Heather) Stuva of Fontanelle and Dewayne (Jamie) Stuva of Prescott; eight great grandchildren; two great great grandsons; sisters Nita Deane Kester (friend Lee Hazen), Marilyn Hoepner (Ernest), Dorothy Fritz, brother Lester Sam (Carol) Thompson; numerous nieces and nephews and friends.