Betty Catherine Boyer, second child of Mary Ethel (Smith) Beemer and Simmie Bryan Beemer, was born November 5, 1919 in rural Conway, Taylor county, Iowa. She grew up and attended Conway Consolidated Schools, graduating in 1939. The family lived at Sumner, Chariton county, Missouri from 1921 to 1929.
She met her life mate, Marvin R. (Wigg) Boyer, who was from Sharpsburg, Iowa, at a Lenox, Iowa caf??. They were married at Bedford, Iowa on October 1, 1940 with sister Joyce Beemer and Monson Shaver attendants.
Their first child, Sherry Lynn, was born in 1943 while Wigg was at Attu Island. After Wigg’s discharge, they lived at Lenox, Iowa, moving to Clearfield in 1950 for Wigg’s employment. A son, Douglas Bryce, was born in 1947 in Clearfield. Betty loved to take her grandchildren on nature walks down the ‘nature road’ to watch the birds and small animals. Betty was very active in the Clearfield Christian Church.
Betty passed away on December 7, 2011 in Creston, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ethel Beemer; her father, Simmie Beemer; parents-in-law, Grace and Jim Boyer; a daughter at birth, Mary Ann; sister, Beth Carolyn Beemer; brothers, Bryce Owen Beemer, Dale Willard Beemer and Virgil Bryan Beemer; grandson-in-law, Phillip Kirby; great-grandchildren, Kasey and Kerry; brothers-in-law, Ted and Willard, and sisters-in-law, Velva, Lela and June.
Betty is survived by her husband, Marvin R. (Wigg) Boyer of Clearfield, Iowa; daughter, Sherry (Kenny) Bolinger of Clearfield, Iowa; son, Doug (Deb) Boyer of Clearfield, Iowa; foster sons, Kenny and Joey Johnson; grandchildren, Kathy Kirby, Karole (Barry) Weeks, Clete Boyer, Brent (Corrie) Boyer, Ty (Rachael) Boyer, Corina (Pat) George and Drew (Jenn) Boyer; great-grandchildren, Nick, Katie, Trevor, Cooper, Gracie, Taryn and Presley; siblings, Joyce (Ralph) Ridnour of Omaha, Nebraska, Dean (Betty) Beemer of Cody, Wyoming, Mary Lu Schofield of Kent, Iowa, Alice Miller of Grant City, Missouri, Jerry (Jean) Beemer of Lenox, Iowa, Sally (Gary) Hensley of Corning, Iowa and Tim (Linda) Beemer of Bedford, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Zoe Beemer of Bedford, Iowa and Beverly Beemer of Basin, Wyoming.
A memorial fund has been established to the Clearfield Christian Church.
Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield.
Services were held at the Christian church in Clearfield on Saturday, December 10, 2011, with Pastor Sherry Wiley officiating. Musicians were Becky Nelson and Mary Ellen Spurrier.
Casket bearers included Clete Boyer, Brent Boyer, Ty Boyer, Drew Boyer, Nick Kirby and Trevor Weeks.
Burial was at the Conway Cemetery in Conway.