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Sturm, Betty*  
On, July 21, 2015, Betty Arlene Orthel Sturm, 91, of Ashton, peacefully passed away at the Ashton Living Center as a result of advanced age. Betty was born at home on December 22, 1923, in Filer, Idaho on the family farm. She was the firstborn child of Alda Sandgren Orthel and Henry Orthel, Sr. In her youth, she and her brothers would walk one and three quarters of a mile to attend Poplar Hill School. Fun included swimming in canals in the summer and ice skating on a frozen pond in the winter. Betty started piano lessons in the third grade. She continued playing piano, for pleasure, throughout her life. She also played the alto clarinet in high school band and was a member of the Girl Reserves. After graduating from Filer High School in 1941, she attended the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho at Pocatello, majoring in Pharmacy. She married Donald J. Sturm on November 18, 1945, and they made their home in the Ashton area where Donald farmed. They celebrated 59 years of marriage together until Donald's passing on March 28, 2005. Betty joined the Methodist Church in Filer at the age of 13. In Ashton, she taught Sunday School classes for kindergarten aged children, children at the second grade level and she also taught Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Circle and in later years served as secretary. During her lifetime, she and Donald made many trips to see their children and families, often for the birth of their grandchildren. She was a quiet, loving, generous wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandma. Betty loved several house cats and many barn cats, that through the years brightened her day to day life. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Donald. She is survived by her brothers, Henry (Carolyn) Orthel of Gooding, Idaho, John (Elaine) Orthel of Filer; son, Ted (Phyllis) Sturm of Ashton, son, Bill (Cynthia) Sturm of Aloha, Ore.; daughter, Cindy (Kenneth) Lauderback of Milwaukie, Ore., daughter, Marie (Scott) Jungert of Cottonwood, Idaho; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Ashton Community United Methodist Church with Pastor Greg Lindsay officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Pineview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to the family at www.baxterfh.com .
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