Betty R. Ingalls

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Betty R. Ingalls, age 82, of New Hampton, passed away at her home on Friday, February 5, 2016 with her family by her side. Betty Rose Donovan was born on October 27, 1933 to John and Marie (Wanderschide) Donovan in Lawler, IA. She attended Williamstown Country School. Betty helped out at home and on the farm. She was married to Elmo Ingalls on October 11, 1958 in Mason City, IA. The couple made their home in New Hampton where they lived their entire lives. Betty was employed as a cook or waitress at the Main Diner, Roger’s Famous Foods, Edie and Jerry’s Café, L-Kove and Klunders Kafe where she worked until she retired after 25 years. Betty enjoyed going to casinos with her friends, Birthday Club, and baking her pies, which she was well known for. She especially enjoyed going to her grandkids and great grandkids school events and spending time with her family. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, the Birthday Club and the Osage VFW Auxiliary. Betty is survived by her children Shirley (Mike) Troyna of New Hampton and Bob (Amy) Ingalls of Cedar Rapids, IA; sisters Marjorie Hewitt of Osage, IA, Avis Dixon (Larry McIlrath) of Mason City, IA and Pat Bolton of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Michelle (Travis) Schwarze of New Hampton, IA, MaryAnn (Lee) Heying of Vinton, IA and Tim (Krista) Troyna of Hiawatha, IA; and 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty is preceded in death by her parents John and Marie Donovan, husband Elmo, sisters Margaret Speltz, Helen Donovan, Helena Mabel Ruen; brothers Keith, Vince, Walter, Jerry, John Jr. and Donald.

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  1. I remember making the G.G. Betty special at Poor Richards for her. She will be so very missed by many, her life touched so many, mine included. Sending prayers your way, Shirley and Family!
    Nilvia Brownson

  2. I remember making the G.G. Betty special at Poor Richards for her. She will be so very missed by many, her life touched so many, mine included. Sending prayers your way, Shirley and Family!
    Nilvia Brownson

  3. Shirley so sorry to hear that your family has had so much grief recently. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you and all of the family.

  4. Shirley, Bob, & families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mom always had a smile and kind word. She will be missed by many. Sorry we cannot attend her services as we are in AZ.

  5. Thoughts and prayers are with as you deal with this double whammy. A brother and a mother–should not be that way!

  6. To Betty’s family- You all have our sympathy. Betty always had a smile for everyone and sure will be missed. Duane and Pat Lynch

  7. I am so for yor loss Shirley and Bobby. May the Lord wrap his arms around your families during this time. Betty was truly one of the great residents of New Hampton. Prayers from my family to both of yours.

  8. My sympathy to Betty’s family. She was a sweet, kind loving lady and a wonderful cook
    and friend. May she now rest in peace with the members of her family who have gone
    ahead of her.
    Mary Wegner

  9. Roger (Red) &Lori Deutsch So sorry to hear about OUR FRIEND Betty she was a wonderful lady! We remember her in the L-kove and at the Elenz partys such wonderful memories! She will be missed!

  10. Shirley, Mike and families: So sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you peace and comfort at this time. May God Bless You All At This time.

  11. Shirley, you and your families are in my prayers. Your mom was a very kind and nice person.

  12. To Shirley and all of the Ingalls family, we extend our sympathy. Betty was a real sweetheart and caring person.

  13. We extend all our thoughts and prayers to Betty’s family at this time. May her memories help you in the next days. David and Jeanne Roder

  14. Shirley,Bob and all of the families our sympathy is with you all for your loss.I worked at Klunders with Betty,she was always so nice to be around.And know she will be missed by many.Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.Marian and Tom Gebel.

  15. Sorry for your loss! Know she is in a better place, but Mom’s are hard to lose. Take care and remember all the fun, funny and crazy times. Thinking of you….

  16. So sorry for your loss, Amy and Bob! My thoughts and prayers are with you both and the entire family…
    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Colleen Udelhofen

  17. So sorry to hear about your mom, Shirley. She was always such a supporter of the kids. With sympathy.
    Deb and Roger Lantzky

  18. To all of Betty’s family-My sincere sympathy to each of you. She was such a nice lady and always knew everyone. Fun to visit with. She loved her family. Keep those wonderful memories close.

  19. No heart breaks alone for God is always near. When a prayer is whispered God is always there to hear. When sorrow’s overwhelming, He comforts tenderly. A single tear never falls that he does not hear.(Psalms 65:2) Sorry for your loss

  20. Bob, I am so sorry about your mother. I have just now heard the news, and I regret that I could not share being a part of her services because I didn’t know of her death.

    You are very special to me, and I will be thinking of you and your family often in the coming days.

    Nanette (Ash’s Mom)

  21. Shirley, Bob and families. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time at the passing of your mother. Betty was a wonderful person and a great cook. Whenever she waited on us it was always with a smile. and a story. Truly an awesome mother. Love Jeff and Shelly Krall

  22. I used to work by this gentle woman’s side at both the Main Diner and Roger’s Famous Foods. I loved her and looked up to her as not only a friend but a mentor. I will miss her and be praying for her family in the months to come.
    Mary Jo (Meyer) Love, Colo. Spgs., Co.

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