Betty L. (Lindstrom) Elston

Betty L. Elston, 83, of Clarion passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion.

Funeral services for Betty Elston will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion, with Pastor Bill Kem officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the funeral service.

Betty Lou (Lindstrom) Elston was born July 24, 1933 to Carl and Cleo (Smith) Lindstrom in Clarion. She was raised and educated in Clarion, and continued to live in Clarion her entire life.

Betty was united in marriage to Gene Elston on September 28, 1950 at the Clarion United Methodist Church. To this union, children Deb and Denny were born. The couple enjoyed 66 ½ years of marriage together.

Betty worked as a nurses’ aid at the Clarion Memorial Hospital for more than 25 years. Her compassion and willingness to help others in need extended beyond her career at the hospital, and into every day life.

Betty enjoyed spending time with family, especially at holiday events. Betty and Gene maintained a large vegetable garden, and she canned a variety of fruits and veggies over the years. She was an avid reader of mystery novels, playing knock thirty-one, and of the Iowa Hawkeyes. In recent years, she enjoyed the game show channel and watching Walker: Texas Ranger.

In October of 2015, Betty was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Despite the challenges her health presented, she was still the same loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Betty will be lovingly remembered for her love of family and friends, her sense of humor and for her willingness to help others in need.

Betty is survived by her husband Gene Elston of Clarion; daughter Deb (Jim) Schendt of Creston and son Denny (Glenda) Elston of Clarion; grandchildren and families: Angie (Jason) Krieger and children Claire, Blythe, Drew and Quinn of Coralville; Amy (Dave) Link and children Morgan, Jackson and Sophia of Solon; Roger (Jill) Haupt, Jr. of Clarion and children Mackenzie Haupt, Dylan, Ashley, Amanda, Brandon and Cassie Bosch; and Dustin (Tami) Elston and daughter Rillie of Clarion; sisters Karen Jackson of Fort Dodge and Dode (Kenny) Wanken of Clarion; along with numerous other family members and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sister Karlene Hansen and brother Wallace “Pee Wee” Lindstrom.


Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Clarion
1801 Central Avenue East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Clarion
1801 Central Avenue East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
Get Directions

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