Betty P. Arterburn

Betty P. Arterburn went to be with the Lord on August 27, 2018. She was born Betty Joh Powell, daughter of James Dennis and Sarah Edith (Sheets) Powell on April 27, 1927, in Lewistown, Missouri. She graduated from Edina Missouri High School in 1945.

Funeral services for Betty will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Bangor Liberty Friends Church in Bangor. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit or call 641-844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Betty and her family.

On June 26, 1949, she was united in marriage to Paul A. Arterburn and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before his passing in 1999.

She was a long-time member of Bangor-Liberty Friends Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, Bible School Teacher and in other ministries, including Iowa Yearly Meeting Missions. She was able to participate in the House of Compassion monthly meals served by Bangor-Liberty until just recently.

After graduation she worked for the telephone company in Longmont, CO; Kirksville, MO and Marshalltown, IA. She worked many years as secretary of Union-Whitten Schools. After retirement she volunteered at the House of Compassion supply closet; at local schools in the library and reading to smaller children and at the Iowa Veteran’s Home pushing residents from place to place well into her 80’s. She was a member and officer of the Marshalltown American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

She was an avid walker and enjoyed hiking in Colorado, and walking the annual Volkssport walk in the Des Moines Skywalk system, something she did with her family for 30 years. She also enjoyed playing piano, quilting, needlepoint, sewing, crafts, cooking, baking Christmas cookies (and giving them away) and keeping the library at Glenwood Place in order. She always enjoyed a challenge and trying new things. She was a 4-H Leader for many years when her girls were in the club.

Her family will miss her quiet spiritual guidance, her kind, loving and giving nature, her care packages, her cooking, her homemade noodles and her hugs, kisses, her encouragement and her smile. She always thought of others before thinking of herself. This is her legacy.

She is survived by daughters; Nancy (Gerald) Graves and D. (Ross) Peterson. Grandchildren: Jennifer (Dustin) Schafbuch, Nathan Peterson, Alex Peterson and Great-Grandchildren: Everly, Yuri and Isla Schafbuch, who called her GiGi (short for Great Grandma). Her sister Doris Adkins; cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents, an infant brother, James and brother-in-law, Sam Adkins.

Memorials may be made to the Bangor Cemetery association for upkeep.