Betty J. Foley (1935 - 2022)
FOLEY, WIRT, HILLYARD
Posted By: Pamela Wagler
Date: 12/27/2022 at 09:06:34
26 December 2022
Betty J. Foley, 87, of rural Mediapolis passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Dec. 18th.
Born Feb. 18, 1935, she was the daughter of James Sr. and Vera Hillyard Wirt.
She attended Burlington High School and graduated in 1953. After graduating she held several secretarial positions in Burlington before moving to Hawaii. While in Hawaii she met the love of her life on a blind date. She and William “Bill” Foley were married on Sep. 14, 1962, at First United Methodist Church in Burlington. He preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 2015.
She worked for a short time after they were married before they started a family. After her girls were older, she and a close friend opened a resale shop in Mediapolis and later on she and her daughter opened a daycare center.
Betty liked playing cards and played in several card clubs over the years. She also bowled for many years in several leagues, bowling until she was in her early 80’s. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and going to their events. You could always find her playing on the floor or in the playhouse with the little ones or playing Yahtzee with the older kids. She and sister Donna played Rummikub nearly every day.
She is survived by daughters, Christy (John) Hull, Cathy (Wayne) McIntyre; her sister, Donna Schrader; sisters-in-law Lorraine Wirt and Irene Foley; grandchildren Danielle (Darrick) Beliel, Alyssa Hull, Travis Hull, McKayla McIntyre, Brendan McIntyre; and great-grandchildren Blakely, Benson and Wyatt; and several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Paul and Jane Jackson; two brothers, James Jr. (Jimmy) and Allan; and brother-in-law William “Bill” Schrader.
The Celebration of Life for Betty will be Saturday, Dec. 31, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1100 Angular St., Burlington. There will be a time of fellowship and sharing stories and memories at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.
A memorial will be established.
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