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Betty Kaye FallerCLERGY
Rev. C. Brian Bucklew
Instrumental ~ “Away in a Manger”
Solo by Ahna Vander Pol ~ “10,000 Reasons”
Congregation ~ “How Great Thou Art”
“I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me
Betty Kaye Faller was born on February 26, 1944 in Mitchell South Dakota, the oldest of five children born to Lawrence and Marie (Koster) Hohn. Betty attended school in Mitchell and graduated from Notre Dame High school in Mitchell with the class of 1962. She married Gilbert Faller of Tripp on October 5, 1963. They had four children and lived in the Tripp area their entire married life. She worked as a grocery store clerk and waitress as a young woman. Later she worked as a cook for several establishments, including the Checkerboard in Kaylor. Betty took classes at Mitchell Tech and learned how to decorate cakes and upholster furniture. In 1981, Betty studied for and became a licensed insurance agent. In 1994, she had a heart attack as a result of a rare blood disease. She endured many treatments and responded well. Her health slowly declined over the years and limited her ability to work which resulted in an early retirement. Betty loved cooking and baking, canning of fresh fruits, crocheting, sewing, and stamping cards. In the past few years, she had volunteered at the Idle Hour Theater in Tripp. Betty was a hard-working farm wife who took pride in doing the job right the first time. She raised her family to also be hard-working and honest people. She was married almost 50 years to Gilbert and her entire family got together this past Labor Day weekend to take family photos to celebrate the occasion. These pictures capture the first time Betty and Gilbert were together with all of their children and grandchildren at one time and they are now a treasure to the family. Betty died on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Avera St Benedict Health Center in Parkston, South Dakota at the age of 69. The family has honored Betty's wishes for organ donation and cremation.
Betty's life and memories will be cherished by her husband of almost 50 years, Gilbert Faller of Tripp; their children: Debra (Faller) Mehrer and Michael of Scotland, Dean and Beverley (Paul) Faller of Rocklin, CA, Pamela (Faller) Kaufman and Barry of Rapid City, and Daniel and Rachel (Timmermans) Faller of Armour; five grandchildren: Andrew Mehrer of Sioux Falls, Gregory Mehrer of Sioux Falls, Leta Faller of Rocklin, CA, Lexy Kaufman of Rapid City, and Emma Faller of Armour. Betty's siblings are Terry and Marilyn Hohn of Rockfalls, IL, Lawrence Jr. and Susan Hohn of Rockfalls, IL, Irwin and Deb Hohn of Mitchell, Kathy (Hohn) Bruske and Dennis of Mitchell, and three half-sisters. Other family members include three sisters-in-law: Violet (Faller) Heinz of Washington, IL, Iris (Faller) Beck and Herb of Montisanto, WA, and Rosemary (Faller) Laib of Armour; and two brothers-in-law: Oscar and Sylvia Faller of Columbus, NE and Larry and Lois Faller of Clarksfield, MN. Betty will also be remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Marie Hohn, her grandparents and aunts and uncles, a niece, Angela Faller in 1997, parents-in-law William and Lydia Faller, and a brother-in-law, Chester Faller.
To Betty's family - May God hold you in His arms and heal the sorrow that you feel, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Len and Joyce I. Frey Sep 24 2013 1:32 AM
Pam, Barry, Lexi, and family, You and your family are in our prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Laura Wendland Sep 23 2013 6:27 PM
Deepest Sympathy to you and our family. She was a great lady. Our prayers are with you.
Steve & Pat Flett Sep 23 2013 5:46 PM
Betty was a beautiful woman--inside and out. I worked with her "way back when" at the Checkerboard Lounge. Later I would visit her periodically at the Parkston bowling alley. Over the years we lost contact with each other, but she will always be a joyful member of my past. You were all blessed to have a wonderful wife/mother. Keep her memories with you.
Ken & Jeanne Varilek Sep 22 2013 10:55 PM
Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. What a nice picture of her. Hold on to the wonderful memories you have of her, it certainly helps. God be with you during this difficult time.
Charles and Karen Conrad Sep 22 2013 12:39 PM