Betty J. Evans
Betty J. Evans, 92, rural Joice, passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022 at the Lake Mills Care Center. A funeral service for Betty will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Joice, with Pastor Bill Peters officiating.Visitation will be one hour before the service at Bethany on Saturday.Burial will take place in Concordia Cemetery, rural Joice. Schott Funeral Homes-Mittelstadt Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty Jean (Pannhoff) Evans was born Nov. 3, 1929 in Garner, to parents, Casper and Mabel (Fisher) Pannhoff. She was baptized March 1930 at the Methodist church in Garner and was confirmed Sept. 5, 1943 at the Lutheran church in Miller, Iowa.
Betty graduated from Garner High School in 1947 and went on to attend junior college in Britt, where she received secretarial training.
On June 9, 1957, Betty was united in marriage with Cecil Evans at First Lutheran Church, Britt. The couple made their home in rural Joice and were blessed with five children: Rebecca, Eric, Eliot, Phillip and Ramona.
During her early years, Betty held various jobs including working at an insurance agency, lumber yard, movie theater, car dealership and as a waitress. For over 22 years, Betty had been employed as an engineering secretary at Deluxe Products/Fleetguard Industries.
Betty had many hobbies and interests. She liked to sew, read, knit, crochet, garden, bird watch, quilt, and play card games like Bridge and cribbage. She also enjoyed canning produce from her garden, studying genealogy, and watching mysteries on IPTV and stock exchanges on Bloomberg TV. Betty was a member of the Top of Iowa Quilters, Bethany Lutheran Church WELCA, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Helen Hinman Dwelle chapter of Northwood, Iowa. In WELCA and DAR, Betty was very involved and held positions from treasurer to president.
Betty adored her 14 grandchildren and enjoyed keeping up with their lives and activities.
Survivors include her five children: Rebecca (Pat Reibold) Evans, Carmel, Ind.; Eric (Lori Mitchell) Evans, Saint Peter, Minn.; Eliot (Barb Chrencik) Evans, Joice; Phillip (Rhonda Reedy) Evans, Ames; and Ramona (Jon) Thompson, Johnston; 14 grandchildren: Isaac (Katherine), Sarah, Aaron and Laura Evans, Chloe and Naomi Reibold, Aaron, Nathan (Katelyn), David and Rachel Evans, Ethan and Chace Evans, and Joslyn and Annalyse Thompson; a sister, Shirley (George) Skarlis, Waterloo; and many extended relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Casper and Mabel Pannhoff; husband, Cecil, in 2011; and a sister, Angeline, in infancy.