Betty Jean Keefer, the daughter of James ‘Blaine’ and Maude ‘Edrie’ (Anderson) Keefer was born March 14, 1924 in Creston. She attended Creston Public Schools through her junior year. Betty moved, with her parents, to Council Bluffs in November 1941 and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School with the class of 1942. Betty entered the Jennie Edmundson Hospital School of Nursing in the fall of 1942, graduating in September 1945. She spent the last 6 months of her training at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Betty worked at Jennie Edmundson Hospital for 4 years before working with Bluffs Surgical Assoc., P.C. as office nurse for 39 years. She retired in July 1988 and moved back to Creston. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Women’s Club, Jennie Edmondson Hospital Nursing Alumni Association and a lifelong member of the Greater Regional Hospital Auxiliary of Creston.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents, Blaine and Edrie, her sister, Maxine Thompson of Creston and nephew, Richard Thompson of Strasburg, CO.
Left to cherish Betty’s memory is her nephew, Larry (wife Frances) Thompson, Bellevue, NE, and other relatives and friends.