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Betty Andre

September 4, 2018
Estherville News

Funeral services for Betty Andre, 90, of Estherville, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at First Christian Church in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery. She passed peacefully at Avera Health, Estherville, on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Betty Louetta Lloyd was born September 29, 1927, on a farm near Milford, Iowa, to Samuel Allen and Martha (Levi) Lloyd. Betty was the youngest of five children. She grew up on the farm.

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Betty Andre

Betty began her education at consolidated school in Okoboji. The Lloyd family eventually moved to a farm near Terril, Iowa, and Betty attended the Terril schools where she graduated from Terril High School in 1945.

After graduating from Terril High School, Betty took a job with H.E. Jacob's dry goods store in Milford, Iowa. She enjoyed rollerskating at Arnolds Park and met her future husband, Merle Andre, there. The couple married in Estherville on January 20, 1946, and the newlyweds moved in with Merle's parents.

Betty and Merle started their family and moved to a three-room house on 13th Street in Estherville that was built by Merle and his father. Eventually Merle added on to the house, building the home where Betty lived until she moved to the Good Samaritan Home in 2017. The original three-room house became the garage and den for the new house.

While Betty enjoyed being a homemaker and full-time mom she also volunteered and was active in church. Betty was an active member of the First Christian Church in Estherville while her health allowed and served as a circle leader for many years. She was an active volunteer with the Good Samaritan Home Auxiliary, where she served as secretary for 27 years. She and Merle were also active in Eastern Star and White Shrine.

Betty lived independently in her home for many years with the assistance of home health care services. In 2017 Betty decided it was time to make Good Samaritan her permanent home and lived there until her final illness.

Betty is survived by and will be greatly missed by her three children: Merllene (Duane) Bendixen, Fair Oaks, CA; Janet (Charlie) Crean, Carmichael, CA; and Jim (Cindy) Andre, Brookings, SD; four granddaughters: Sarah Bendixen, Fair Oaks, CA; Amanda (KC) Christensen, Sacramento, CA; Amy (Allen) VandeWeerd, Bruce, SD; and Lacey Andre (Ky Ribstein), Volga, SD; and seven great-grandchildren: J, Kayla, and Ty Christensen; Shayna Bendixen; Chloe, Ava and Owen VandeWeerd.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Merle, in 1982; her parents; two sisters: Neola Eckerd and Berdina Smitley; two brothers: Edward and Glea; and one granddaughter, Jessica Andre.



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