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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Elizabeth Mayer

Elizabeth "Betty" Mayer (Raetz)

Saturday, March 14th, 1931 - Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Elizabeth "Betty" Mayer, 89, of Marcus Iowa, passed away on Monday August 3, 2020 at Bavarian Meadows in Remsen Iowa. There will be a private graveside service on Sunday at the Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation for the public will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday August 8, 2020 at the Earnest- Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. Social distancing and masks will be required.

Elizabeth (Betty) Mayer was born on March 14, 1931 in rural Marcus, Iowa, the fourth child of William and Amelia (Billings) Raetz. She was Baptized in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen, Iowa.

Betty graduated as Class Salutatorian from Marcus High School in 1948. She was the secretary for the Dorr Feed Mill

On March 16, 1951, Betty and Carl John Mayer were united in marriage at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen. The couple built a house in Marcus. In 1953 they moved to the family farm near Marcus. Carl and Betty raised three sons there along with grain farming and livestock. They moved to a home in Marcus in 1984 where Betty and Carl lovingly lived for the remainder of their 59 year marriage. In 2019, Betty moved to Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living in Remsen where she passed away.

Betty was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. She led Sunday School opening for many years, taught Sunday School, was a member of the Ladies Aid and was a Lamplighter visiting and supporting the elderly. She was a hospice volunteer.

Betty loved her family. This included her extended family. Holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays, were always big gatherings attended by grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Betty always focused on the importance of family. Sunday noon meals many times turned into family gatherings as well. Betty and Carl always found ways to attend their grandchildren events. She loved her grandchildren!

Betty will be lovingly remembered by her three sons and their wives, David and Trish of Sioux Falls, SD, Bruce and Chris of Lino Lakes, MN, and James and Lisa of Marcus, IA; four grandchildren, Kevin (Emily) of Bloomington, MN, Bridget (Micah Riffey) of Sioux City, IA, Ben (Kayla) of Marcus, IA and Lauren (Tom Schepers) of Robbinsdale, MN.; six great grandchildren, Lane Riffey, Pacey Riffey, Isabelle Riffey, Raylan Mayer, Gavin Mayer and William Mayer; a sister-in-law, Aldine Mayer of Yankton, SD; and brother and sister-in-law Paul and Pam of Ventura, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Carl John II in 1955; her husband Carl (died in 2010); her three sisters and their husbands – Wilma and Merle Treinen, Dorothy and Ray Brown, Jo (Marian) and James Craig.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland, Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living or Peace Lutheran Church Mission
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home
    206 E. Pine
    MARCUS, IA 51035
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  • Interment

    Marcus Amherst Cemetery
    E. Highland Drive
    MARCUS, IA 51035
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    Private family graveside service.


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Marilyn Kofmehl (Ferrin)

Posted at 01:24pm
My sympathies to all of your family at this loss of a loving matriarch and beautiful woman. Marilyn Kofmehl (Ferrin)

Debra Jorgensen

Posted at 06:37pm
I'm so sorry for your loss, but Beth is celebrating in heaven. May God be with you and give you comfort!

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Mary Loutsch

Posted at 12:05pm
Rest in Peace, Betty! Miss your presence at daily activities and exercise at Bavarian Meadows; it was a pleasure to have you!
Mary Loutsch

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