|Betty J. Nelson, 86 of Galesburg, IL, formerly of Woodhull, IL, died Sunday October 9, 2011 at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg. Funeral services are 10:00 AM Thursday at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull. Burial is in the Woodhull cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 PM Wednesday at the funeral home where a memorial fund will be established. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com
She was born August 11, 1925 in New Windsor, IL to Lynn and Josephine Epperson Barton. She graduated from Alpha High School and married Robert E. Nelson September 16, 1947 in Alpha. He died in 1994.
Betty owned and operated the former Frontier Bowling Lanes in Woodhull and was employed as a Cook at the AlWood High School in Woodhull for many years. She enjoyed needlework, reading and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Woodhull.
Survivors include her children, Becky (Greg) Anderson , Neal (Jeni) Nelson, Barry (Kathy) Nelson all of Alpha, IL. Terry (Jill) Nelson of Woodhull, IL, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 3 sisters Mary (Van) Floyd of Swedona, IL, Pat McCready of Aledo, Il, Ruth Goben of Galesburg, IL, 1 brother, Pete (Evelyn) Barton of Alpha, Il, 2 sisters-in-law Bev Barton of Woodhull , IL, Judy Barton of Minier, IL and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, 1 daughter, 2 sisters and 2 brothers preceded her in death.