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Betty Ann Lartius (1934-2006)


Posted By: Ames Tribune
Date: 2/17/2006 at 09:38:39

THE AMES TRIBUNE, Ames, Story County, Iowa, Thursday, February 16, 2006.

You took us by surprise this Valentine's Day when you left your earthly body and, as an angel, whisked away.

Please join us in the celebration of the life of Betty Ann Dull Lartius, a woman who left a legacy never to be forgotten, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Napier United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Adams Funeral Home.

As we ponder the changes left in the wake of her departure, we have only begun to fathom all the lives she touched, all the joy she shared, all the life lessons she gave us, the humor and laughter, the beautiful art masterpieces, the friendship and the strength she instilled in each of us who look forward to the day that we will see her again for the measuring cup of tea. Betty was a creative life force full of passion for life, zest for adventure, and full of quirks that made her "Artista Mama" (as she preferred to be called). Rarely was a moment wasted. She lived her life as many only wish they could. Each day included a walk in the woods, a combing of her beloved peacock, a silent moment for reflection, poetry, music, writing and drawing. She always found a way to make each of her five children feel like they were one in a million by finding that special connection with each one that was unique to them. She was a 50-year companion to Augustus Lartius. She always made him tea in a four-cup measuring cup, handled the plumbing, the carpentry, the business management, and most of all, kept him grounded. She was an award-winning artist, an active Democrat, a Daughter of the American Revolution, a motorcycle mama, a pianist and a DNR-certified sanitation technician (She was particularly proud of that accomplishment). She spent 15 years as the staff artist for the Ames Daily Tribune.

She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth; her loving husband, "Mister Gus," five children, Kumari (Bob) Henry of Madrid, Dr. Raj (Stephanie) Lartius of Boone, Anil (Lisa) Lartius of Wisconsin, Rani (Mike) Primmer of Woodward and Maya Lartius of Madrid; six grandchildren, Satiel, Sheena, Logan, Jeliah, Kelsy and Hallie; and three great-grandchildren, twins Alyssa and Ariel, and Dawsyn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Napier United Methodist Community Church.


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