Elizabeth "Betty" Rose Ivers Persky, 88, of Idaho Falls, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was under the devoted care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.
She was the first child born to Edward and Cameron Mair Ivers on Jan. 13, 1925, in Chicago. Brothers, James and Edward, completed the family. In Chicago, she attended both St. Casimir High School and Chicago Business College.
She met the love of her life, Walter Charles Persky, on March 15, 1946, and they were married June 8, 1946, at St. Theodore Church in Chicago. To this union were born four children: Cameron "Candy," Bonnie, Robert "Rip" and Mark.
Walter and Betty were given the opportunity by Argonne National Laboratory to relocate their family to Idaho Falls in 1959. At 34 years old, Betty reluctantly left the big city and found her forever home.
Betty and Walt spent countless hours enjoying golfing at Pinecrest and Sandcreek. Her hobbies were golfing, traveling, bowling, pinochle, gin rummy and crossword puzzles. She was a member of the York Grange.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Walter (January 1983).
She is survived by her daughters, Cameron (Bill) Bowman and Bonnie (Michael) Lineberry, both of Idaho Falls; sons, Robert Persky of Idaho Falls and Mark (Patricia) Persky of Nipomo, Calif.; brothers, James Ivers and Edward Ivers, both of Milwaukee; eight grandchildren, Brian (Brandi) Cornelison, Troy Cornelison, Brock (Susan) Cornelison, Calvin (Shaunie) Bean, Scott Bean, Sean Persky, Stephanie Persky and Spencer Persky; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Betty was blessed with some wonderful friends. She always said she would have loved to have as adopted daughters Velma Ketcher, Maryann Mahoney, Marsha Bell, Connie Rubright and Debbie Erickson.
A special thanks goes to the staff and students of Austin Kade Academy, who kept Mom looking her best and always treated her with love and care.
Private family graveside services will be held. The family hosted a celebration of Betty's life from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge, 640 E. Elva St.
In lieu of flowers, Betty requested donations be made to Hospice of Eastern Idaho, 1810 Moran St., Idaho Falls, ID 83401.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.