Betty L. Erickson, age 88, of Aledo, IL. Died Sunday October 20, 2019 at the home of her granddaughter, April, in Milan, IL surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday October 24, 2019 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo. Burial will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Wednesday at the Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo where memorials may be left to the Messiah Lutheran Church. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
She was born July 12, 1931 in Ames, Iowa to Herman and Kitty Oswalt Vore. She attended Ames, Iowa schools and married Wayne H. Erickson June 26, 1948 in Slater, IA. He died October 8, 2005.
Betty was employed at the former Ben Franklin Store in Aledo for 26 years where she managed the Fabric and Craft Department. She co-owned “The Cotton Corner” located within the House of Burgess in Aledo and was formerly employed in the Circulation Department of the Rock Island Argus Newspaper District Office in Aledo for 10 years.
She was a member of the Mercer County VFW Post # 1571 Auxiliary where she helped to raise funds for the Mercer County Courthouse War Monument and started the first Mercer County Yellow Ribbon Campaign for Operation DESERT STORM.
Other memberships include the Messiah Lutheran Church, WELCA, Prime Timers and the Women for Women. She especially loved her family and enjoyed craft shows where she displayed and sold her homemade crafts.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Susan (Neal) Thirtyacre of Illinois City, Alice Wainwright of Milan, IL, 1 son, Dennis (Patti) Erickson of Pittsburgh, PA, 8 grandchildren Suzanne (Brett) Hanes, Wendy MacDonald, Kelly (Chris) Senatra, Anna (Steve) Inman, April (Brent) Bowlyou, Craig (Chelo) Wainwright, Dustin (Tara) Erickson, Jessica (Ray) Mincin, 19 great grandchildren, Andrew, Emily, Lauren, Jack, Katlyn (Dylan), Eric, Ryan, Brady, Patrick, Mason, Allie, Megan, Javier, Alex, Sophia, Isabella, Brooklynn, Kylie, and Mya. 2 Great Great Grandchildren, Jaxon and Jocelyn and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, 1 daughter Linda Douglas, 2 sisters, and 1 brother preceded her in death
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Messiah Lutheran Church
509 NE 2nd Street, Aledo IL 61231