Betty Jane Voss

Betty Jane Voss

Betty Jane Voss, a resident of the Alverno in Clinton, formerly of Ten Mile, passed away peacefully Feb. 25, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, surrounded by her loving family.

Her wishes were to be cremated, with a private family service to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Elvira Zion Lutheran Church, Alverno Health Care Facility, Camp Courageous or to the family for a charity to be chosen.

Betty Perry Voss was born in Clinton, Aug. 25, 1922, to Howard and Elsie Richardson Perry. She attended Clinton Schools and graduated from El Monte High School in California in 1940.

She attended Los Angeles City College and was employed by Douglas Aircraft Co., in Long Beach and Chicago until 1945, when upon her return to Clinton, she met and married Clifford A. Voss June 29, 1947, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Preston. God blessed them with 64-plus years of wonderful memories.

Betty had a strong relationship with God, as well as being very active in the Elvira Zion Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Naomi Circle and served as a mentor and as a Sunday school teacher.

She really enjoyed singing in the Country Chorale for a number of years and always looked forward to her days of being a "Pink Lady" volunteer at Mercy Hospital. She also was a past member of Eastern Star.

Besides thoroughly enjoying her family, she loved to bake, was a good quilter, could get "lost" in a bookstore and loved gardening and getting her hands in the soil. She always said whenever she went to a greenhouse, she felt like a "kid in a candy store." She loved nature; hiking, long scenic drives and picnicking, traveling the United States as well as trips to Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and Nova Scotia. She loved the mountains and the ocean (especially in California) and "just being near water."

Betty and Clifford's loving union was blessed with six children: Cathy (Len) Roth, Mark (Sandy), Mary (Greg) Car-stensen, Mike (Maureen), Doug (Julie), and Lorie (Bill) Seagren; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Monique (Lincoln) Perry of Chatham, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clifford, who passed away Dec. 28, 2011; her parents; an infant sister; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bob Hess; a brother, Lt. Col. Lincoln Perry; and a son-in-law, Len Roth.

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