Betty Deaver Obituary

Betty  Deaver
Betty Deaver
Betty Deaver

March 17, 1925 - April 17, 2021
Born in Craig, Nebraska
Resided in Dallas Center, Iowa
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Betty Jean (Gill) Deaver passed away on April 17, 2021 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center Iowa.

Betty was born on March 17, 1925 in Craig, Nebraska to Charles and Stella (De Land) Gill. She spent her youth in Craig, then married the love of her life, Howard Deaver, on December 1, 1943. Betty and Howard’s union produced 3 sons, 10 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. Betty was passionate about education, and she found her life’s calling through teaching. After receiving two degrees from Nebraska Wesleyan University and Emporia University, she spent 20 years teaching children with learning disabilities. She and Howard also operated two cheese shops—furthering her love for food and entertaining. She and Howard retired to Dallas Center in 1990 to be near family.

Betty was a life-long learner herself, always reading books, newspapers, and magazines. She loved to play games, especially bridge, and loved nothing more than hosting friends and family for teatime or lunches. She was a talented artist, always expanding her knowledge of paints and sewing techniques. Betty attended the First Presbyterian Church, in Dallas Center, where she enjoyed singing in the choir regularly.

Betty was always an independent woman, and at the grand age of 87, she accepted the gracious care of Spurgeon Manor. She was a patient woman who poured herself into her faith, family, friends, and others. Betty was an old soul and a young heart—wherever Betty went, so a celebration would also be. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Betty is survived by her sons, Charles (Linda), Darrell, and Scott (Jackie) and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Stella Gill; her stepmother, Eva Gill; her husband, Howard Deaver; her brother Ward Gill (Ann); brother Roy Gill (Gerry); sister Louise Free (Doyle); and her daughter in-law, Donis Deaver.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10am at the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Center. A picnic at the Brenton Arboretum will follow. Private burial will be held at the Tekamah Cemetery, Tekamah, Nebraska.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s name can be made to Spurgeon Manor or First Presbyterian Church.

The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. A link will appear (at 9:45am, just prior to the service) on Betty’s obituary page at, where you may also leave online condolences. **livesteam link available here **

Arrangements by Iles Brandt Chapel - Dallas Center





Memorial Service
First Presbyterian Church
1204 13th Street
Dallas Center, Iowa Dallas 50063
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:00 AM


First Presbyterian Church-Dallas Center
1204 - 13th Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063
Spurgeon Manor
1204 Linden Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063