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Betty B. Dack, Nov. 27, 1922 — Dec. 29, 2012, of Columbia

Friday, January 4, 2013 | 4:17 p.m. CST; updated 5:12 p.m. CST, Friday, January 4, 2013

COLUMBIA — Betty B. Dack, 90, of Columbia, passed away peacefully in her residence at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center, December 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at the Epple Chapel, Lenoir Woods, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. The family will be available for visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

She was born November 27, 1922, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Claude and Ruth Burns. She is survived by her sister, Virginia May, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Betty attended McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She received a BA in Art and Art Education. In 1968 she received a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, in Child Development.

She was an elementary art teacher in Davenport, Iowa and later worked in the Child Development Department at Stephens College, Columbia.

Betty married James L. Dack in 1944. They had four children, Mary (Larry) of Del Rapids, South Dakota, Nancy (Jeremy) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Jamie (Randy) of Lupus, Missouri, and James (Cindy) of Dixon, Missouri, and they had 10 grandchildren, Jesse, Miriam, Jackie, Kevin, Darren, Kristen, Anneliese, Sara, Andrew, and Caitlin. There are nine great-grandchildren. She was the heart of the family, and she wanted everyone to know she loved and appreciated them all.

Betty was an artist who focused primarily in painting with watercolors. She documented many of her travels with lovely landscapes and architectural subjects. Her favorite place to visit was the island, Celyddon, in Dogtooth Lake, Ontario, Canada where she and her husband established a family camp. She was a blueberry picker extraordinaire and a swimmer to the rising sun. “Wouldn’t it be Fun?!” was her motto and the title of her autobiography.

She and her husband built a home in the Lenoir Village in 1989 and she lived in the Lenoir community until her death. She was a member of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia. She sang in the Methodist Church choir and the Epple Chapel Vesper choir at Lenoir Woods. She was preceded in death by her husband (1994) and a son-in-law, Larry Nelson (2001).

The family would like to thank the Lenoir Woods caregivers for their loving support of Betty in recent years and also Hospice Compassus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri United Methodist Church and to Lutheran Senior Services Living Foundation Benevolent Care.


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