Betty was born December 2, 1924 in Ainsworth, NE to S.G. and Ruth (Lindblad) Rasmusson. Her father was a Methodist minister, and the family lived in several small Nebraska towns when Betty was young. She attended Dewitt, Nebraska High School, obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and was a graduate of Bryan Memorial School of Nursing in Lincoln, NE. She was employed as a registered nurse at Bryan Memorial Hospital, and as a surgical nurse for a physician in Lincoln. She worked briefly in Michigan and Salt Lake City before returning to Lincoln.
Betty moved to Tillamook from Lincoln with her wonderful friend, Edna Karvonen, shortly after they both retired. In her “retirement,” Betty stayed busy volunteering at Tillamook Hospital, and helped with Meals on Wheels. She was an avid quilter, and enjoyed cooking and antiques. After she sold her home on Cedar St. in 2008 she took up residence at Five Rivers Retirement and Assisted Living until she died.
Betty was preceded in death by her friend Edna Karvonen, both of her parents, brothers Gordon and Robert Rasmusson, sister Grace (Rasmusson) Barnett, sister-in-law Jeanne (Parks) Rasmusson, and brother-in-law Peter Bernays.
She is survived by her sister, Marie (Rasmusson) Bernays of Cleveland, OH, and brother, John Rasmusson and wife Joan of Dell Rapids, SD; nieces and nephews Lynda Bernays and husband Stan Smith of Cleveland, OH, Sally (Bernays) Burgess and husband Ken of Wolcott, NY, Michael Bernays and wife Teresa of Phoenix, AZ, David Barnett and wife Nancy of Valley Grove, WV, Gary Barnett and wife Louise of Santa Cruz, CA, Betzie (Barnett) Modar and husband Lou of Wheeling, WV, Janet (Rasmusson) Zovickian and husband Steve of Piedmont, CA, Dr. Mark Rasmusson and wife Beth of Corpus Christi, TX, Kathy (Rasmusson) Moran and husband Bill of Superior, CO, Peter Rasmusson and wife Joan of Sioux Falls, SD, Pamela (Rasmusson) Carroll of Chicago, IL, and Laurie (Rasmusson) Wolfert and husband Oliver of Washington, D.C.
Memorials may be directed to Tillamook United Methodist Church, 3808 12th St., Tillamook, OR 97141.
A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Tillamook United Methodist Church. Arrangements are in care of Waud’s Funeral Home.