Obituaries

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Willasson

Mar 6, 2018
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Services:

Memorial Services: 12:00 PM, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Waterloo, West 4th and Baltimore Streets

Visitation:

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM before services at the church on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cemetery:

Private burial in Memorial Park Cemetery will precede services

Memorials:

First Baptist Church or Friendship Village Auxiliary

Biography

Elizabeth 'Betty' J. Willasson, 96, of Waterloo, died at Friendship Village Tuesday, March 6, 2018 of natural causes.  She was born on April 20, 1921 in Waterloo, daughter of Victor and Vona Hiskey Foster. She graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1939 and later attended Iowa State Teachers College. 

She married Donald 'Don' E. Willasson on September 16, 1944, in Hollywood CA. Don passed away on October 19, 2007. 

Betty worked as a Teacher’s aide at Irving Elementary for several years. She later worked at Short's Travel as a receptionist. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Waterloo.  She was an Elklet and Past President of PEO Chapter FE, Waterloo Woman’s Club, and Garden Club as well as a nationally accredited flower show judge.  She was also part of Questers and Floral Study clubs.  She was a Waterloo Diplomat with the Chamber of Commerce.

Betty is survived by her daughters: Sally Willasson of Dayton, MN and Susan Lovstad of Burnsville, MN; granddaughters, Stephanie Larson of Carver, MN and Heidi Hanson (Tom) of Maple Grove, MN; a grandson, Scott Lovstad of Houston, TX; and five great grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Jack and Victor Foster.

Betty adored her family, loved her friends along with chocolate and bridge.

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  1. Mary B. Miller | Mar 11, 2018

    Just want you to know how much I appreciated Betty.

    We became acquainted when I was volunteer coordinator at the Grout Museum in the 80s.  She was always so willing to create beautiful centerpieces for our various functions.

    When we moved to a Friendship Village cottage, she paid us a welcome visit.  This was before my husband, Ric, had retired so he was still her attorney at that time.

    Later, she attended the Book Worms book club at the Village which I facilitated.  I was so sorry when her failing eyesight cut her membership short as she was a delightful participant.

    I feel fortunate to have known her just a bit.

    With sincere sympathy,

    Mary B. Miller 

  2. juliene | Mar 11, 2018

    Please accept our sympathy.

    Juliene Bramer, President, Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa

  3. Ramon Magee | Mar 09, 2018
    My deepest condolences to the family.  I knew her parents Vick, Vona, her brothers Vick, Jack, and her husband Don.  I worked for the family at Foster's at 6th and Jefferson when they sold coal, retail/wholesale gardening plants and supplies.  I still highly value all that I learned from each of them.  Though Betty was not involved in the daily business I sensed her influence through her husband Don.  My sympathies and peace to each of you

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