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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 17, 2017

OBITUARY ~ BETTYJEAN (SMITH) PRUDDEN
October 15, 1927 ~ August 09, 2017

Betty Jean (Smith) Prudden, 89, of Mount Ayr passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Betty was the daughter of Samuel Hayden Smith and Naomi Meriam (Nickeson) Smith. She was born in Chugwater, Wyoming on October 15, 1927. Betty and family lived in Wyoming and Missouri until settling on a farm in southwest Iowa. Betty and her siblings rode horses to school to a one-room country schoolhouse. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1946.

Betty worked as a dental assistant for several years with Dr. Lawhead. She meet and married John R. Garity in 1953 and to this union had one son, John Ray Garity and they later divorced. In 1965, she was married to Ralph Prudden and to this union one son, Samuel Prudden was born.

Betty was a house wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening, reading, painting, listening to old radio shows and spending time with her special pets. she always had a smile on her face and in her heart. Betty delighted in the Lord and did her best always to please him.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brother Stanley Smith; sister Donna Greimann; her aunt that helped raise her Iva Barnhill.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Jonny Ray Garity and Samuel “Sam” Prudden; her grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Betty was a blessing to all that knew her. May God bless her Sweet Soul.

Services were conducted 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr with officiants Titus Lehman & Dennis Hause. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the famil for a gravestone.

Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2017

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