Betty was a much loved and respected resident of Brush. After a valiant fight with leukemia, she slipped away peacefully at her home on June 14, 2014.|
She was the mother of nine, grandmother of 23 and great grandmother of 34.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Elmer W. Compton (1977), and Philip D. Vondy (2007); step children, Harold Vondy, Darlene Wilhelm, and Phyllis Lawler; her step grandchildren, Brad Vondy and Jon A. Bucher; five brothers and two sisters.
Betty is survived by her children, Robert Compton of Brush, and Susan Bucher and her husband, Jon, of Searcy, AR; her step-children, David Vondy of Windsor, Victor Vondy and his wife, Kim, of Sterling, Esther Brandt of Phoenix, AZ, and Gloria Amen and her husband, Tim Schoenecker of Akron.
Visitation will be at the Heer Mortuary in Brush on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Brush United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush.
Betty was a lifetime resident of Morgan County.
She was born November 10, 1925, on the family farm north of Fort Morgan, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Hauschildt. She grew up there and moved to the Brush area in 1933, where she attended Knearl, Central, and Brush High School, where she graduated in 1944.
On March 17, 1946, Betty married Elmer W. Compton from Summit, NJ. They lived in Brush where Elmer worked for Farmer's Elevator and Betty made a career of working in the grocery business. Elmer passed away in 1977 and Betty retired in 1978.
On March 10, 1978, she married longtime friend, Philip D. Vondy. They bought the U Pump It Gas Station, where they worked together. They were also active in the V.F.W. and the Moose Lodge.
Betty devoted her life to the service of her family, friends, community, and country. Some of her many accomplishments were Girl Scout Leader, member of Brush United Methodist Church, where she served as President of the United Methodist Women several times, led numerous fund raisers, headed up several ministries, including penny drive for kids, blankets for foreign aid, international fair, chili and soup suppers for local church needs, Christmas Tea, and Ladies Night Out.
Betty was a local oracle for Royal Neighbors. Through them she headed up meals for Special Olympics, raised funds for Veteran's Van, backpacks for school kids, Sands Theater, Brush Museum and Library, and gave baby items for young mothers, and ladies for Chara House.
Betty was instrumental in the success of the local V.F.W., where she served as President, President of Past Presidents, state delegate, and district four presidents. There she was responsible for the voice of the democracy, dressing graves of veterans for Memorial Day, Poppy Day, jack and hop scotch tournaments, birthday parties for vets, fund raisers for Vietnam care packages, political addresses, and fly overs.
She worked for the hospital auxiliary and raised funds for the sliding glass doors on the front of the hospital and the helipad. She also spent many hours working in the gift shop. She was Activity Director for the Senior Center, even in her final days when she was not well enough to attend many of the functions she arranged.
Betty was recognized for some of her outstanding service when she received the Chamber of Commerce Employee of The Month in 1968, BPW Woman of The Year in 1970, finalist for Zeta Xi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Dinah Award in 1971, Watrous Outstanding Pioneer Award in 1999, and Angel Among Us Award in 2006.
To sum it up, Betty was a hardworking, honest, kind, and loving person. If she didn't agree with you, she didn't hesitate to let you know, but she would give you the shirt off her back if she thought you needed it.
Her legacy was to make others happy, help the hurting, and make life better for those she came in contact with. Betty was a true servant of God.
Published in Brush News-Tribune on June 18, 2014