Betty Jane Henneous, 79, of Hornick, passed from this earthly existence Thursday, May 10, 2018, surrounded by her family at her home. She had dealt with the complexities of COPD for 10 years.
It was her wish to be cremated. To honor Betty's non-traditional life, a celebration of life event will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, 3220 Stone Park Blvd., in Sioux City. The family will be present beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be lovingly provided by Nancy Oates. Flower arrangements are by A Step in Thyme. Interment will be at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.meyerbroschapels.com.
It was on Sept. 30, 1938, when Betty Jane (Sturtevant) Henneous entered into this world at home, on the family farm, located on the James Blacktop, west of Kingsley, Iowa. Betty Jane was the youngest in the family of five children born to Lyle Franklin Sturtevant and Alma Jane (Tucker) Sturtevant.
Betty was a jill-of-many-trades, and passions. Her favorite was that of a team, driving truck with the love of her life, her husband, Rich, who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 18, 2008.
She often spoke with pride and gratitude of her brother, Donald, who taught her how to drive truck.
She had lived in many diverse areas of our Great Nation before settling in the Holly Springs/Hornick area. Betty traveled the open roads throughout 49 of these 50 United States, several Canadian provinces, even taking their truck to New Brunswick by ice-breaker ferry; plus into many areas of Mexico. The open road experience gave her a unique perspective and understanding of this thing called life.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Dawn Hanks and her husband, Ron Hanks; and her daughter-in-heart, Rosie Hanks and her husband, Lyle Hanks. Betty is grandma to five and great-grandma to 14 beautiful young people for whom she had a deep and never-ending love; and many other family members and friends, all of whom will miss her sharp wit and no-holds-barred commentaries and conversations.
Those who went before her include her husband, Richard Henneous; her parents, Lyle and Alma Sturtevant; her sister, Fern (Sturtevant) Hartman; her brothers, Verlin, Donald and Clarence (CG/Kelly) Sturtevant and his wife, Maxine (Kinnamen/Means) Sturtevant; nieces, Cindy Sturtevant and Zana (Sturtevant) McHarg; a nephew, Paul Sturtevant; along with too many of her other family members and dear friends.
A very special thank you goes out to Shannon, Jenny, Rachel and Nikki. Without their care, concern, time and talents, Betty's final wishes would never have been fulfilled.
We ask that donations made in Betty’s name may be directed to Burgess Hospice, Onawa, Iowa, Noah's Hope Animal Rescue, Sioux City, Siouxland Humane Society, Sioux City, Friends of Felines Rescue Center at FOFRescue.org.