The Ottumwa Courier

April 6, 2013

Betty Capps, 90, Pekin


PEKIN — Betty L. Capps, 90, of Pekin, passed away April 4, 2013, at the Sigourney Care Center.

She was born May 25, 1922, in Sigourney, the daughter of John and Iva Johnson Crouse. On Sept. 13, 1950, she married Kenneth Capps in Sigourney.

Mrs. Capps graduated from Sigourney High School in 1940. She attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa. Betty taught school for 10 years in one-room schools in rural Keokuk County. She moved to the Capps’ family farm in Pekin right after her marriage. Betty farmed with her husband for many years. She lived on the farm until about two years ago. She then moved to assisted living.

Betty was an excellent cook and seamstress. She was a member of the Pekin United Methodist Church and later the Prairie View United Methodist Church. She was a Sunday school teacher and also the church treasurer for several years.

Mrs. Capps enjoyed gardening and raising flowers with her husband. They were members of the Southeast Iowa Day Lily Society. Betty was also a member of the Jolly Janes women’s group in the Pekin area.

She loved her family very much. Betty always put them first. She knew what every family member’s favorite pie was. There were normally six or seven of them at every family get-together.

Betty was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Betty is survived by two sons, Richard (Susan) of Cedar Falls and Russell (Deborah Petersen) of Pekin; six grandchildren, Sarah (Chad Jones), Mandy (Jason Hay), Erin Capps, John (Kassie Capps), Morgan (Dustin Coleman) and Lydia Capps; and seven great–grandchildren, Payten Coleman, Isaac Jones, Paislee Coleman, Abby Jones, Pierce Coleman, Colton Capps and Dawson Hay.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a brother, Horace.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Prairie View United Methodist Center near Ollie. Burial will be at the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Martinsburg.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Prairie View United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be given to the Prairie View United Methodist Church or the Lancaster Heritage (historic one-room school).

Arrangements are by Holm Funeral Home Sigourney.

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