Betty Wilcox, age 86 of Algona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Monday, June 15, 2020, surrounded by her loving husband and children. Betty’s funeral was by invitation only due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Funeral services were live-streamed at 10:30 a.m., Saturday from Trinity Lutheran Church’s YouTube page, https://youtu.be/SepJnvpO9CY.
Burial took place at Riverview Cemetery in Algona. A public visitation was held on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center in Algona. Social distancing practices were followed per CDC guidelines. Lentz Funeral Home of Algona is assisting the family.
Betty Lou Wilcox, the daughter of Chris and Thora (Pedersen) Pedersen, was born on July 14, 1933, in Bradgate, Iowa. She was baptized on Dec. 14, 1933, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rutland. In 1936, Betty’s family moved to Rolfe where she graduated from high school in 1953. On May 31, 1953, Betty was united in marriage to Eddie Wilcox at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rolfe.
Betty was a wonderful wife and mother, who besides raising five children, babysat in her home for several years. When Jody started school, she worked as an aide at the Guild Episcopal Church Preschool in Algona. When Betty no longer worked outside the home, she became an avid volunteer in many organizations.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was a Sunday school teacher and a circle chair for the Trinity Lutheran Women; she served over 30 years on the Good Samaritan Auxiliary Board and the Resident Advocacy Committee; was a lifetime member of Kossuth Regional Health Center’s Auxiliary, including Pink Lady. She also served on the YMCA board, helping with the pool campaign; Algona Chamber Ambassadors; Algona Band Days; and served as the Oak Lake Can Ladies Treasurer for several years. Betty was especially proud of her and Ed’s generous donation to help build the Ed & Betty Wilcox Performing Art Center that was completed in January of 2017.
Betty became a wonderful cook after Ed taught her how to cook when they were first married. Of course, her claim to fame was her carrot cake, of which she made many. She enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially basketball; playing cards with family; and watching “Survivor” and “Dancing with the Stars” with Ed.
However, Betty’s greatest gift was making each of her children, grandchildren and “greats” feel special. She loved each one dearly and enjoyed attending their events and activities.
Those left to cherish Betty’s memory are her husband of 67 years, Ed of Algona; children, Kris (Mick) Schlievert of Algona, Jo (Bob) Ebbert of Mahtomedi, Minn., and Karen (Jeff) Albert, Jim (Deb) Wilcox and Jody (Tony) Solbach, all of Algona; nine grandchildren, Jake (Megan) Witt, Jesse (Kendra) Wilcox, Bridget Schlievert, Jamie (Nate) Wubben, Andy Schlievert, Jennifer (Cameron) Markway, Isaac Solbach, Samuel Solbach and Tora Solbach; 12 great-grandchildren; honorary granddaughter Suzana Eischtaedt, Brazil; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty was the youngest of six siblings, all of whom preceded her in death along with their parents; sister, Helen Simonson; and brothers, Andrew, Melvin, Lester and Robert Pedersen.
Betty Lou was known for her sayings like, “Up your nose” and “ Don’t you forget it,” but the one we all need to remember is, “It could always be worse!”