Elizabeth "Bette" Kathryn DeVolder, beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bette was born in Sheldon, Iowa on July 9, 1932.
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She was preceded in death by her parents Kate and Mathew Schultz, brother Matt Schultz Jr., husband John Paul DeVolder as well as several brothers in law and sisters in law.
She is survived by her sister Mary Jo Wilder, her children Dennis (Cheryl) DeVolder, Mary (Jim) DeVolder Heintz and Michael (Leslie) DeVolder. Bette was devoted to her children and grandchildren Caitlin, Emily, Allison, Claire, Shannon, Keri and Jack. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews.
Bette attended Briar Cliff College and taught kindergarten as well as elementary school, prior to marrying John and raising her family. Spending a year in Europe was one of the family's most treasured experiences together. Christmas was her favorite holiday, but she really loved anytime she could spend time with her family. She was an excellent card player and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. Bette also loved to shop especially when it was for others.
Bette's Funeral Services will take place in Pomeroy, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bette's name to the Colorado Springs Cerebral Palsy Association or the Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation.
Published in The Gazette on July 15, 2014