In memory of

Betty Mentzer

July 23, 1932 - October 19, 2020
From: Nemaha, IA
Betty Mentzer

Betty Mentzer

Born: July 23, 1932
Died: October 19, 2020
Age: 88
Send Condolences View Tribute View Live Service

   Betty Mentzer, age 88 of Nemaha, IA, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City, IA. 

   Betty Jean McKay was born on July 23, 1932, to parents Forest and Agnes (Rosenkjar) McKay in Ida Grove, IA.  She grew up in Ida Grove where she graduated from Ida Grove High School and was the Salutatorian of her class.  On one of her many outings to the Ida Grove Skating Rink, Betty met and started dating Howard.

  On February 17, 1952, Betty and Howard were united in marriage.  They were blessed with five children: Keith, Wayne, Karen, Daniel, and Matthew. After a brief time in Germany, they raised their family on a farm between Odebolt and Early where Betty was a farm wife and homemaker.  Betty helped out whenever and however needed on the farm whether it was with morning and evening chores, baling hay or providing meals to large crews.  She was a fantastic cook and was great at baking and canning.  Much of the food was from the farm and large gardens which Betty tended.  Nobody ever went hungry when she cooked a meal.  Even area salesmen knew to stop by the farm at lunchtime…everyone was welcome!

   Betty was very active in her church and taught Sunday school for many years.  Later in life, she took up chip carving and made many beautiful things. She was a kind, warm and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family above all. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 68 years, Howard Mentzer of Sac City, IA; children: Keith (Kathy) Mentzer of  Early, IA, Karen (Wayne) Werner of Schaller, IA, Daniel Mentzer of Iowa City, IA; Matthew (Katherine) Mentzer of Eldridge, IA; grandchildren: Curtis (Kelly Burke) Mentzer, Kristina (Bradley) Spence, Michael Mentzer, Michael (Angie) Mentzer, Michelle (Jeff) Johnstone,  Stephannie (Aaron) Culbert, Trenton (Diana) Werner, Clayton (Ying) Werner, Ryan Mentzer, Sophia Mentzer; great-grandchildren: Isaia and Mariana Martinez, Maddox Spence, Colton and Caden Mentzer, Lucas Smith, Aubrey and Sydney Johnstone, Logan and Kyra Gibbins, Allen Brenner, Daynia and Tristan Werner; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   Betty was preceded in death by her son Wayne Everett Mentzer; parents Forest and Agnes McKay; brothers Bob and Bruce McKay; sisters Donna Hudgel and Beverly Dwyer; Howard’s parents and siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Kindred Hopice - 831 N Griffith Rd, Carroll, IA, the United Methodist Church in Nemaha, IA or Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City, IA.

Private Family Memorial Service
11:00 a.m., Monday
October 26, 2020
United Methodist Church
Nemaha, Iowa
Pastor Betty Kiboko
Cook Center Cemetery
Rural Schaller, Iowa


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM
“Our sympathy you you and your family❤️”
- Andrea Niemeier
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM
“Karen and Wayne I just watched the Tribute and always so amazing to see all family and Betty's long life. I remember her smile and think Karen you have that too. Thinking of you and your family and pray God will give you His peace and comfort. Know it's hard to say good bye to our mother. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:19 PM
- Rebecca Cox (Kropf)
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10:14 AM
“Dear Howard and family,
Betty was a wonderful person and we sure enjoyed our time with her in church. Our deepest sympathy to everyone.
Love, Brenda, Austin, and Hallie”
- Brenda Cook Williamson
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10:14 AM
“Karen and Keith and families, Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She sounded like a great lady.”
- LuAnn Lunkenheimer Knobbe
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:57 PM
“Sorry to hear of Betty's death. I remember her being friendly and a very nice lady. My dad is in Parkview for must be 5 years now---Lee Dickman. My condolences. Remember the good times. Prayers”
- Kathy Lohf
Click Here If You Would Like To Leave Your Condolences