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October 23, 1922 - September 6, 2019

Betty H. Humphrey James

Betty was born on October 23, 1922 in Hesper, Iowa, to Harry and Clara (Sanden) Welper.  She grew up in the Hesper / Mabel area and graduated from the Mabel High School in 1941.  She married C. Belmont Humphrey on February 9, 1942 in Port Townsend, WA.  He passed away on September 11, 1966.  She married Vernon James in October, 1968.  He passed away on January 17, 1996.

She was baptized and confirmed at Hesper Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and the WELCA.  She was a charter member of the Mabel VFW Ladies Auxiliary and also a member of The Sons of Norway, LaCrosse Chapter.

Betty passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at Valley View Healthcare & Rehab in Houston at the age of 96.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Beverly Gustavson (Gary West) of Rochester; three grandchildren, Scott (Kelly) Gustavson of Maple Lake, Betsy Frye of Eagle Lake, and Kraig Gustavson of Rochester, Nine great grandchildren, Joshua, Courtney, Connor, Matthew, Kristen, Macy, Travis, Ashley, and Caden, and two great-great-grandchildren Taylor and Issac.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11 AM at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston, MN with Rev. Linda McPeak officiating.   Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. 


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