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United Methodist Church, Hawarden
Thursday June 3rd, 2021

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Betty Degen

HAWARDEN, IOWA ~ On Sunday, May 30, 2021, Betty Degen, loving mother of four children, went to her eternal heavenly home, to join all those who went before, at age 94.    Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021 at United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Hawarden Community Center.    Betty Degen was born to Lee and Fern (Anderson) Keehn on February 5, 1927 in Hawarden, Iowa. She attended grade school and graduated from the Hawarden High School. She graduated from USD in Vermillion with a bachelor’s degree and later received her master’s degree.    Betty married Norm Degen on June 18, 1948, which was the first wedding in Hawarden after WWII. They farmed north of Hawarden for 33 years. Betty took a teaching job, which she never applied for, in 1967 at the West Sioux School District. She remained in special education and with the resource room for 22 years.    Betty was an active member of the Associated Church in the Bell Choir, Choir, and Bible Study. She also was a member of PEO, Friendly Neighbors, and “The Gang”. She volunteered her time at Calliope Village and was a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star.    Betty enjoyed gardening, Christmas stockings for the grandkids, needle point, bird watching, travelling, and baking. She was known for her love of family, great hugs, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She took great care of her family and enjoyed many family gatherings.    She is survived by her children, Sonnie (Doug) Robbins, John (Joann) Degen, Kristi (Jim) Anderson, and Joe (Dianne) Degen; grandkids, Trent, Tami, C.J., Kara, Shonnie, Travis, Dustin, and Tali Jo; and 13 great-grandkids.    Betty was preceded in death by her parents and husband Norm.    Her family would like to thank Hawarden Ambulance and the staff at Hawarden Regional Healthcare for their amazing care of Betty.    The family prefers memorials be directed to Calliope Village or the West Sioux Resource Room Fund.  Service Program Click to download / open


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My favorite memory of Betty was when she and I decided to take a road trip to visit our kids in Missoula, Montana. I dropped her off with her son and his family who live there, and then I joined my sons who were attending the University. We had time to talk about many things as the road was long and we got to know each other quite well. We both were sisters in PEO as well as attending the morning circle of the Associated Church for several years. It was a journey of laughter, as well as discussions about life and memories.

Sherry Benson Jun 2 2021 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to all of Bettys family and friends; and especially to Joe and Dianne. Many memories to share and tears to shed with her passing. May the vividness of memories fill the hole in your hearts.

Rick and Carol Salberg Jun 1 2021 12:00 AM