Elizabeth (Bettye) Valeria Small of Libertyville passed away on June 16, 2019 at Jefferson County Health Center. She was 96 years old. Funeral services will be at 11:00 July 20, 2019 with Visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 at Faith United Methodist Church in Libertyville. A private family burial will be held at Fell Cemetery in Libertyville.
Memorials have been established to Faith United Church Women and Fell Cemetery both in Libertyville, Iowa.
Bettye was born January 22, 1923 at the Jefferson County Hospital the daughter of Elijah Abner Heald and Mathilde (Jessie) Olson Heald of Packwood, Iowa. She married Radford (Bud) Small on June 4, 1943 in Fairfield. Bud passed away July 19, 1988.
Bettye graduated from Packwood Consolidated Schools and Parsons College. She taught in the Ainsworth, Packwood, and Cardinal School Districts. She taught Sunday School for many years at the Libertyville Faith United Methodist Church.
She was a Care Advocate at Nelson's Nursing Home and the Living Care Unit at Jefferson County Hospital. She had "Bettye's Hour" at the Living Care Unit and the Parkview Care Center, reading to and doing activities with the residents. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, Retired Teachers, Libertyville Travelers and the Fairfield Heritage Travelers.
Bettye loved church, travel, reading, cooking, writing letters, and doing sequin and bead work. After retirement, she and Bud spent two winters in Arizona and after his death Bettye continued going there for three more years.
Surviving are 4 sons: Stephen (Bonnie), Rick (Chris), Jeff (Peggy) and Brian; one daughter, Stephanie Patton. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, son-in-law Larry Patton, brother Robert Heald and sister Lorna Jeanne Simms.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elizabeth "Bettye" Valeria Small, please visit our floral store.