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Betty Degner Everett

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EVERETT Betty Degner Betty Everett was born Betty Virginia Degner on March 27, 1920, to Hans Albin and Dagmar Rasmussen Degner, two Danish immigrants. Betty graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1938 and the University of Toledo in 1942, which is the year she married Harry Anderson Everett, who became a Toledo attorney and potentate of the Zenobia Shrine Temple in 1974. Betty began a 20-year kindergarten teaching career in 1965 with the Maumee school system. In retirement, Betty volunteered at the Toledo Hospital and the Toledo Botanical Gardens. She delivered mobile meals from the Sunset House and ushered for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Betty was a member of the Toledo Bar Auxiliary, Toledo Symphony Auxiliary, the Quest Garden Club, Psi Chi Phi Sorority, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and the Scandinavian Club of Toledo. She was especially fond of gardening and playing the piano. Perhaps her greatest pleasure was travel. She was very proud of her Danish heritage and traveled to Europe numerous times to visit her Danish family. After her husband died, she enjoyed traveling to Cape Cod with her companion, Paul Carpenter, also an Ohio attorney. Betty moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2006, to be closer to her two sons. After a short illness, Betty passed away peacefully at her son's home with her family by her side on October 31, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1975 and her sister, Helen Faulkner, in 1989. She is survived by her two sons, Hans Preston, Tucson, Arizona, and Christopher, Flagstaff, Arizona, her daughters-in-law, Diane and Judy; three grandchildren, Patrick, Eric and Rebecca; Danish cousins, Hans Jørden Vestergaard and Ida Sennhauser; nephews, Philip and Keith Faulkner and niece, Gail Elliot. A memorial service and interment will be held in Toledo at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, 4210 W. Central Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on March 29, two days after what would have been her 88th birthday. Immediately following at 12:00, a reception will be held at the Clarion Inn Wedgwood Room, 3536 Secor Road. All of Betty's dear friends are invited to attend both ceremonies. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her name be made to the Humane Society or Hospice of your choice.

Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 23 to Mar. 27, 2008
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