Betty Lou Pipho

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Betty Lou Pipho, age 72, of San Ramon, CA formerly of Waverly, IA passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Veteran’s Hospital in California. Betty was born November 8, 1941 n Waverly, IA, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Waedekin Roehling) Pipho. She was baptized November 30, 1941 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Artesian. She was confirmed in 1956. Betty graduated from Tripoli High School in 1960. Betty served her country in the United States Marine Corps from September 1960 to April of 1964. Following her discharge, she settled in the San Francisco Bay area, where she worked in accounting for several patent law firms. She retired in 2011. Betty enjoyed sewing for friends, watching professional basketball, especially the Golden State Warriors, and working word search puzzles. Betty is survived by three sisters, Mary Ann (Mike) Pruisner of Waverly, IA, Virginia (John) Freie of Livermore, CA and Elaine (Wallace) Knutson of New Hampton, IA; two brothers-in-law Lester Faust of Waverly, IA and Gaylon Werner of Williston, FL; many nieces and nephews; and her kittens Mars and Mim. She is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Mary; two sisters Lavonne Faust and Deborah Warner; and nephew Kevin Faust. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

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  1. Betty was my good friend and I will miss her dearly. She was a kind, considerate, bright woman with a good sense of humor and she liked to look at the bright side of life. She talked about coming to visit me in my new home across the country even after she became ill. My condolences to her family.
    Alison Bowden

  2. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Elaine and your family during this sad time. May God give you the comfort you need during this time

  3. Virginia and John, Elaine and Wally and your families, I am sorry to hear of Betty Lou’s death. You have my sympathies. May God comfort you all. Geri Oltrogge.

  4. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  5. Hi Elaine and the rest of Betty Lou’s family:
    I attended church at Artesian Sunday and we were informed of Betty Lou’s death. You all have my sympathy. We just had a close friend down here in south Missouri die of esophagal cancer. He wasn’t in a lot of pain he said but so sad to see a strong, young 51-year-old man go downhill so fast.
    I haven’t seen or talked to any of you girls in a long time, but hearing of your loss brings back memories of grade school at Warren #8 and at St. Paul Lutheran School….all the softball games, track meets, playing in the evergreens, swinging on the swings, all the tag games, and just being silly kids.
    Your schoolmate of 40’s & 50’s,
    Karen Zander Boorom

  6. I worked with Betty from 10/09 to 1/10 temping for Gordon & Reese in San Francisco. Everyone was warm but Betty really took me under her wing. She showed me aroundn San Francisco and told me about when she came to the City as a young woman in the 60’s. She always spoke her mind, which I loved. We always stayed in touch; now I wish I had seen her more. I was busy those following years riding the bumpy wave of the bad economy. I will always treasure her friendship, and how she made me feel steady and comfortable taking on my first job in the big City after working at a former job for 13 years. I will always treasure the blessing of her friendship!

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