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Betty (Wenger) Dove Bettge passed this earthly life Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Olathe, and joined her Heavenly Father. 

A visitation is planned 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 2012, at Lamb-Roberts. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. 

Betty was born in Horton, Jan. 11, 1931, to Edward Wenger and Doris (Boyer) Wenger, Powhattan.

Betty grew up and attended schools in Brown County. 

Betty married Edward Dove Nov. 16, 1959. He died Dec. 8, 1975.

Betty married David Bettge Sept. 20, 1986, in Ottawa. He survives of the home. 

Other survivors include three sisters, Patricia Roberts and her husband, William, Lawrence, Della Darling, Mesa, Ariz., and Donna Baker and her husband, Walter, Sedalia, Mo.; four children, Dr. Joanna Dove, Helena, Mont., Jerry Shannon and his wife, LeAna, Broken Arrow, Okla., Steve Dove and his wife, Marie, Independence, Mo., and Robert Dove, Holton; five stepchildren, Debbie Mallicoat-Dover and her husband, Ray, Olathe, Chris Bettge and his wife, Cyndi, Gardner, Ken Bettge and his wife, Debbie, Guthrie, Okla., Teresa Eads and her husband, Dennis, Pomona, and Roger Bettge, and his wife, Brenda, Ottawa; two biological grandchildren, Travis Shannon and Cyndi Walton; 24 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; her “adopted” daughter, Joyce Records and her husband, George, Ottawa; and “adopted” grandchildren Kaitlyn and Ashley Records, Ottawa. Although not legally adopted, they were as much a part of her life as her own children and grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and Mr. Dove. 

Betty loved her kids and they were a great part of her life. Her husband, David, always was there for her with open arms, love, compassion and caring. Betty loved her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to keep busy by quilting, crocheting and knitting. 

During her lifetime, Betty worked in hospitals, dry cleaning, factories and driving for various companies. Following retirement, Betty provided child care for her grandchildren and was involved in their school and extra-curricular activities. She would like to be remembered by her North Baptist brothers and sisters as a faithful and willing helper. Betty was an excellent cook and seamstress, and enjoyed life. She will be greatly missed by those whose life she touched.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.  

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