ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Betty Lou Croner, 72, of Estherville will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Grand View Baptist Church in Estherville, with Pastor Jorgenson officiating. Visitation will also be at the church prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interment will be at the East Side Memorial Cemetery. Following the service, the immediate family would like to extend an invitation to other family and friends for a light dinner and refreshments back at the church.
She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on March 23, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
She was born April 18, 1939, in Estherville to Elijah Wesley and Bonnie Evelyn (Wolford) Jones (formerly of Louisville, Ky.). She was united in marriage to John "Johnny" F. Croner on July 12, 1958, at the Union Baptist Church in Estherville, where they raised three lovely daughters.
Betty Lou Croner
Betty grew up on a farm north of Estherville and received her education at Lincoln Central School in Gruver. She served as Senior Class President, was homecoming queen and was on the varsity basketball team.
Betty was a kind-hearted, loving, and fun person. Her love of the Lord was extremely important to her, and she instilled this belief to her family and friends (her "Butchies"). Her beautiful handwriting complemented the wonderful stories she wrote. She enjoyed singing in church, sewing, baking and bird watching. She worked for many years in the banking industry, and colleagues, as well as her customers (and their pets), became part of her extended family.
She is survived by two daughters: Lisa Liane Baunach (Michael) of Louisville, Ky. and Amy Elizabeth Kuapahi (Leialoha) of Oak Harbor, Wash.; five grandchildren: Michael (Molly) and Nathaniel Brown of Faribault, Minn. Nicole Brown of Louisville, Ky., John Baunach of Nashville, Tenn. and Keoni Kuapahi of Dover, Del.; one brother, Kenneth Jones (Shirley); one sister, Barbara McKean; a brother-in-law, Howard Croner; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ellis, and many wonderful nephews and nieces.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her loving, devoted, and "hilarious" husband of over 40 years, John Francis Croner; her daughter, Tamra Lynne Brown; sisters Carol Osher, Virginia "Ginny" Kirchner and Regina Jones; brothers-in-law William Ellis, Ralph Croner, Lowell McKean and Everett Osher; sisters-in-law Emogene Croner and Gertrude Croner and niece Twila Croner.
Betty's family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to ALL staff of Avera Holy Family Hospital, Avera Hospice, Avera Medical, the Good Samaritan Society and Northwest Aging for the care, love and laughter they gave her. They would also like to thank the Grandview Baptist Church; Pastor and Mrs. Jorgenson; Kim and Bill Ellis; Leona Theesfeld; Helen, Chuck, and Holly Nitchals; Laura and Steve Young and Craig Christensen. The high level of professionalism and kindness that we received from Henry-Olson Funeral Home was so appreciated. A very special thank you to Sally and Kelly Anderson; Lill Herum and Jeff Hughes and the entire Estherville community, who has embraced and supported not only our mother but the entire extended Croner family. We are truly grateful from the bottom of our hearts, and know they loved Betty as much as we did.
Memorial donations and expressions of sympathy may be given in Betty's name to Grandview Baptist Church, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Avera Holy Family Hospital or the University of Louisville. Sharing memories and condolences can be made on-line at www.henryolsonfuneral.com