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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 26, 2017

OBITUARY ~ BETTY LOUISE (HARRIS) STUART
August 24, 1926 ~ July 11, 2017

Betty Louise (Harris) Stuart was born August 24, 1926 on a farm north of Kellerton to Herbert James Harris and Mary Beatrice (George) Harris. She attended country school and later school in Beaconsfield. Betty rode a pony and sometimes needed a scoop shovel to ride to school because of the snow. Betty worked on the farm and would help her brother with traps, sometimes putting the catch in her pockets.

On July 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to the love of her life Earl “Scrawny” Stuart. To this union were four daughters, Linda, Donna, Diana and Marilyn.

In her early years, she worked at the Shamrock Truck Stop and Clearview Home both in Mount Ayr. She then spent twenty-five years working at O’Bryan Brothers in Leon. Betty was a very hard working and dedicated mother. She loved her family, friends, dogs and cats. She enjoyed dancing, listening to Elvis and country music, going to garage sales, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Kellerton Methodist Women and Kellerton American Legion Auxilliary.

Betty passed away July 11, 2017 at her home in Kellerton, IA at the age of 90 years.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Earl in 1990; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Albert (Erma) Harris and Junior (Ruth) Harris; two sons-in-law, Marlon Pfaff and Richard Gerrard.

Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Linda Gerrard, Donna Norman, Diana (Richard) Cervetti and Marilyn Parkhurst; six grandchildren, Cory (Mandi) Norman, Cody (Kari) Parkhurst, Chelsea (Dale) Guernsey, Tyeler Cervetti, Talia Cervetti and Tarah Cervetti; three great-grandchildren, Avery Norman, Kathryn Parkhurst and Emily Parkhurst; numerous family and friends.

Services were held, Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m., at Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, IA. Reverend Terry Roberts officiated. Special songs were “In the Garden”, “Please Remember Me”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” “Precious Lord Take My Hand”, and “Home”.

Casket bearers included Cody Parkhurst, Dale Guernsey, Cory Norman, Jim Harris, Lyle Harris and Richard Cervetti. Honorary casket bearers were Chelsea Guernsey, Kari Parkhurst, Bill Smith, Avery Norman, Kathryn Parkhurst, Emily Parkhurst, Bill Smith, Steve Boles, Tom Giles, Tyeler Cervetti, Talia Cervetti, Tarah Cervetti-Audestin.

She was laid to rest at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family to be decided at a later date.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2017

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