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Betty Irene Schmidt

Betty Irene Byers Schmidt, age 74, of Iowa, formerly employed by Howard Lake Schools, died Sunday, July 16, 2006 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa.

She was born Oct. 31, 1931 in Poweshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas T. and Retha A. Axtell Byers. She attended rural school and graduated from Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa in 1949.

Betty was united in marriage with Henry T. Schmidt July 20, 1950 at Montezuma. Henry preceded her in death June 8, 1996.

A secretary for many years, Betty was employed by Montezuma Mutual Telephone Co., Bechly and Co. Abstractors at Montezuma, Southeast Polk Junior-Senior High School at Runnells, Iowa; the Howard Lake School system in Howard Lake; Montezuma High School; Montezuma Methodist Church, and Goodwin Insurance Realty in Grinnell, Iowa. She retired in 1995.

In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mae Van Arkel; and a brother, Johnny Byers.

She is survived by a brother, Raymond (Billie) Byers of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Sandra (Paul) Jones of Montezuma; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service took place Thursday, July 20 at Watts Funeral Home in Montezuma, Iowa with the Rev. Boyd Sparks officiating. Soloists were Candy Farris and Harold Miller, and hymns were “It Is Well,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “Amazing Grace.” Interment of cremains was in Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma.

Arrangements were by the Watt Funeral Home in Montezuma, Iowa.

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