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Elizabeth Jeanne Skrdla

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Betty Skrdla


Elizabeth (Betty) Jeanne Skrdla, 92 passed away on March 8, 2013, at Northcrest Community in Ames. Betty was born on November 3, 1920, to Charles and Elizabeth (Early) Spalding in Lincoln, NE. She graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska, and received her Masters Degree from Iowa State University in Home Economics. On June 9, 1942, she was married to Willis Skrdla. While Willis served in the US Navy, Betty was employed by the Bureau of Standards in Washington D.C. They then moved to Lafayette, Indiana, where Willis pursued his Doctorate degree at Purdue University. From there, they lived in Virginia before moving to Ames in 1957. During Willis's career in Agronomy, they traveled internationally and also lived and worked for two years in India. In Ames, Betty was active in AAUW, Ames Women's Club, Agronomy Ceres Club, DK Chapter of TTT, Kiwanis, and Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Betty will be missed by her children, Ron (Marcia) Skrdla of Ames, Rob (Ning) Skrdla of Anchorage AK, and Kay (Jim) Thompson of Runnells. She is also survived by grandchildren, Carrie (Tom) Kujak, Joel (Shannan) Skrdla, and Molly, Emily and John Skrdla; and three great-grandsons.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sisters, Shirley Martin and Bev Kepka, and brother, Stan Spalding.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday March 12, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Northcrest Community, 1801 20th St. Ames, Iowa 50010 or Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, Iowa, 50010

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Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 10, 2013
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