Betty Lou Skoog
Betty Lou Skoog died Monday in Basalt. She was 86.A memorial service in celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. today at 1176 Emma Road in Basalt. The Rev. Terry Maner will officiate. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Milbank City Cemetery in Milbank, S.D.Betty was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Clayton County, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Nellie (Smith) Witt. She spent her childhood and graduated from high school in Edgewood, Iowa. On July 8, 1939, Betty married Earnest Herman Skoog in Cedar Rapids. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1998, in Carbondale.Betty was a homemaker and Basalt resident for 24 years. During her life, she also lived in Cedar Rapids; Minneapolis; Morrill, Neb.; Haxtun, Colo.; Rochester, Minn.; and North Platte, Neb.Betty was a member of Grace Church of the Roaring Fork Valley in Basalt. Her special interests included her church, her family and studying and memorizing scripture. She loved sports and was an incredible prayer warrior.She is survived by a son, Mark Skoog of Santa Fe, N.M.; daughters Linda Ewing of Tulsa, Okla., and Pamela Alexander of Basalt; a sister, Naomi Nanke of Gastonia, N.C.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many friends in many places.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Church of the Roaring Fork Valley Building Fund, 1776 Emma Road, Basalt, CO, 81621.
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