Betty Lou Newell was called home on Monday, November 10, 2014 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. She was born on December 11, 1930 in White Lake, South Dakota. She was a loving daughter to her mother, Mary Fredericksen and youngest sister to Melvin, Earl, Eugene, and Dalphene. She attended school in White Lake and after graduation began her employment with Farmers and Merchants State Bank in White Lake, where she would continue for the next 14 years. During her time at the bank she met her future husband, Roger Newell of Plankinton. They were married on June 27, 1961 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. Roger and Betty made their home in Plankinton in the same house they both would live in for the remainder of their lives.
To this union three children were born: Brian in 1963, Lisa in 1964, and Stacy in 1972. Betty Lou could always be found working on her many projects around her house and yard, her church, or finding her treasures at rummage sales in Mitchell. She took great pride in the musical accomplishments she worked many years to instill in her children. Betty took over her kids’ newspaper routes and enjoyed pedaling around town and interacting with residents for many years, as well as conducting office work for her son’s local business after her bicycle legs gave out. She enjoyed being outdoors and was always on the go. In her later years her declining mobility was her greatest challenge, and Betty was grateful for the assistance and caring of friends and neighbors.
Her faith and her church were very important to her. Betty was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and served in its Altar Society organizing scalloped potato and ham funeral dinners for more than 25 years. She would start her day attending Mass whether it was at church or on TV in her later years. She would always end her day in prayer.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Dr. Brian Newell, his fiancé, Ya-Rou Chen and their son, Marco Lee Newell of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Lisa Barnes, her husband, Scott and their son, Brady of Sioux Falls; daughter, Stacy Krouse, her husband, Eric and their children, Drew and Jenna of Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Priscilla (Bill) Paynter of Highmore and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Roger in 2005, her mother, Mary, her sister and brothers and their spouses: Dalphene (Bill) Beckmann, Eugene (Lula), Earl (Milly), and Melvin (Zola), her mother-in-law, Kitty Newell, and her sister-in-law, Arlene Peterson.