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Betty Garwood

Betty Garwood, age 86, formerly of Aurora, died Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Columbus at the Golden Living Center.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 23rd at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Cole Fowler will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Betty Lou (King) Garwood, the daughter of Edmund and Edith (Rhodes) King, was born at Ansley, Nebraska on January 15, 1922 and died in Columbus, Nebraska on July 20, 2008, at the age of 86.

She attended grade school at Happy Hollow, Nebraska. Betty was able to attend and graduate from Ansley High School by staying with and working for her Aunt Belle Hanley in her grocery store.

On September 14, 1940, she was united in marriage to Doyle M. Garwood in the Baptist Parsonage in Gibbon. They farmed north of Ansley where a daughter, Marva Jean, was born. She continued working at Hanley’s Grocery Store after their marriage. She moved to Aurora with her family in 1952. During the first 13 years Betty picked up kindergarten pupils at the school and delivered them to their homes. In 1967, Betty became the first Executive Director of Crossroads Court in Aurora. She enjoyed helping tenants get settled into their new homes. In 1975, she resigned to keep books for the cemetery. After Doyle had worked 36 years at the cemetery, they retired in 1988 and moved into Aurora. Doyle passed away on September 15, 2000. Betty moved to Columbus in 2001 to be closer to her family.

Betty was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church before joining Columbus First United Methodist Church, the UMC Circle and Red Hat Club. She was active in the church and enjoyed the afternoon circles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant grandchild and two brothers-in-law.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Marva (James) Furbur of Columbus; 4 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Maynard) Mason of Grand Island and Roma (Oscar) Lundquist of Aurora and sisters-in-law, Verla Fox of Grand Island and Betty Morgan of Broken Bow.

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