Betty Rasmus

Betty Rasmus

PAXTON – Betty M. Rasmus, 92, of Paxton died at 4:28 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with the Rev. Ron Rasmus officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rasmus was born Nov. 26, 1920, on the Carlson farm near Clarence, the daughter of Edward W. and Dorothy Lindquist Carlson. She married Laverne H. Rasmus on July 3, 1942, in Paxton. He preceded her in death June 4, 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Donald H. (Diane) Rasmus of Paxton and James L. (Jo) Rasmus of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Brian Rasmus of Aurora, Brent (Kathy Martensen) Rasmus of Champaign and Kendall Rasmus of Charleston, S.C.; four great- grandchildren; one sister, Shirley (Dr. Robert) Sprehe of Kirksville, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Joyce Carlson of Paxton; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Rasmus of Rantoul.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lee Carlson.

Betty graduated from Paxton High School and attended Gallagher Business School in Kankakee. She had been employed by the Ford County Abstract Company and the Ford County Court House. She and her husband farmed in the Paxton area for 29 years before retiring and moving into town.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Paxton, the Paxton American Legion Auxiliary, the Paxton Women's Club and a 50-year member of the Prospect Chapter No. 367 O.E.S.

Betty was instrumental in establishing the Ford County Red Cross and was actively involved in its operation for many years. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, counted cross stitch, her church circle and other church activities. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Paxton, or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.

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