Geraldine Betsworth, 76, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at her home in Le Mars.
Geraldine Allard was born July 22, 1931, in rural Plymouth County, Iowa the daughter of Orice and Adeline (Eckerman) Allard. Geraldine was united in marriage to Dwight E. Betsworth on Oct. 23, 1954 in Sioux City. Dwight died on April 16, 2003.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darwin and Laura Betsworth; seven daughters: Cindy Johnson and her husband Larry, Marcia Pratt and her husband Al, Gayla Weiler and her husband Bob, Joyce Grosenheider and her husband Scott, Diana Rann and her husband Rollin, Karmen Betsworth, and Susan Nicholson and her husband Phil; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Armstrong and her husband John; a brother, Ron Allard and his wife Carlene; four stepchildren, Dan Betsworth, Kathi Benner and her husband Mike, Karin Jungers and her husband Tom, and Patricia Tremmel and her husband Jim; and several step-grandchildren.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, Orice and Adeline (Eckerman) Allard; her husband, Dwight Betsworth; and two sisters in infancy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church with a 4 p.m. parish rosary followed by a 7 p.m. Scriptural wake Service. The family will be present after 6 p.m. to greet friends Friday evening at the church. Visitations will continue Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Johnson, Sam Pratt, Luke Pratt, Travis Smith, Nick Nicholson, and Matt Nicholson. Honorary casketbearers will be Lacy Johnson and Alex Betsworth.
Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.