Betty Harbert

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betty marjalene harbert STOCKTON - Betty Marjalene Harbert was born on August 27, 1926 to Ray L. Johnson and Gussie B. (Stephen) Johnson in Montezuma, IA. Betty was the eighth out of their thirteen children. After attending Montezuma High School, she graduated from Northeast Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA. She taught country school, grades K-8, near Sheridan and Guernsey Iowa each for two years. Betty was united in marriage to Robert J. Harbert on April 3, 1947, at the Christian Church in Deep River, IA. The couple had three daughters. She and her husband worked diligently on several farms throughout the state of Iowa and then moved to Illinois in 1963. Upon moving to Jo Daviess County, she provided delicious meals on staff in the cafeteria of Holy Cross Catholic School in Stockton for seven years as well as worked at Crum & Forster and Micro Switch in Freeport. As a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school for eighteen years as well as led the youth group for several years. She was a devoted member of Wesley United Methodist Women and served on the board of the congregation. Known for her kindness, skill, and service to others, she was active and generous in her community as a long-time resident of Stockton, Illinois. She was an excellent cook, baker, and homemaker. She and her husband also kept busy attending to their twenty fruit trees and bountiful garden. She enjoyed participating in the elementary school reading program, teaching her children and grandchildren how to sew, bake and garden as well as visiting the elderly in nursing homes. She also provided the less fortunate with meals several times per year and instilled the importance of giving within her children and grandchildren, especially at the holidays. She was always accepting of new ideas and had a willingness to attempt a need or project to "make it happen" for the good of someone else. Spending time with her family was her highlight, she always believed the more the merrier. Betty passed away Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2013 at the Liberty Village Nursing Center in Freeport, Illinois. Her memory will be cherished by her husband of sixty-six years, Robert Harbert; three daughters, Carol Ann (Jeff) Mohns of Oconomowoc, WI, Catherine Sue (Robert) Wilson of Elgin, IL and Claire Laureen (Gary) Timpe of Stockton, IL. In addition, her three sisters, Doris (Louis) Brown, Marlys (Vaughn) Hopwood, and Louise (Tom) Sanders, and her seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Jason) Sadowski, Jeffrey Jr. (Jodi) Mohns Jr., Maria (Don Willathgamuwa) McDaniel, Morgan (Dan) Concepcion, Allison (Joe Boutet) Timpe, Matthew (Trista VenHuizen) Timpe and Melissa (Charles) Hagin will continue to cherish their loved one. Lastly, she was also blessed with four great-grandchildren, Addison Sadowski, Brynlie Mohns, Taytum Mohns and Natalie Hagin. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Gussie Johnson; an infant son; four brothers, Carmen, Farrell, Raymond, and Gerald Johnson; and five sisters, Elaine Kirby, Norma Jean Johnson, Ina Mae Boyd, Phyllis Johnson, and Marveen Wilson. She exemplifies a true woman of faith. In hard times she learned 3 things; She was stronger than she ever imagined; Jesus was closer than she ever realized; and she was loved more than she ever knew. Gifts to honor Betty will be given to Wesley United Methodist Church, Stockton Elementary School Library, and FHN Hospice. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21st at Wesley United Methodist Church, Stockton, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to start of service. A sunset maple tree will be planted in her honor at Apple River Canyon State Park following the service.
Published in The Journal-Standard from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2013