Betty L. Fowler, 77

Betty L. Fowler, 77 of Arcadia, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Ms. Fowler’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life was Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale and Pastor Marty Robbins officiated. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Betty was born Aug. 24, 1936, at Burwell, to Lee and Evelyn (Hibnes) Johnson. She was raised in Loup County, on the north side of the Calamus River. Betty attended Valley View Country School through the 6th grade and Burwell Public School until the 10th grade. She then transferred to Loup County High School for her junior and senior years, graduating in 1955. During her school years she acquired the nickname of “Bets”. Betty was the School Annual Editor and was voted the “Most Dependable” of her graduating class. Following high school, Betty taught in rural schools for three years. In December 1957, Betty married Gilbert Fowler. To this union four sons were born. They first lived on a ranch west of Taylor until 1970, when they moved to Arcadia. They resided there for two years and moved to Campbell for a short time before returning to Arcadia.The couple divorced in 1976. Betty continued to make her home in Arcadia where she worked at the Arcadia Café and Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City. She also cooked at The Den and Bud’s Bar at Comstock. Betty last worked in private duty home care. Her hobbies included sewing, reading and gardening and she especially enjoyed keeping up on the local news. Betty was a rodeo fan; following the PBR and enjoyed watching the National Finals Rodeo on TV. Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Kerry and Kathy of Arcadia, Leonard and Linda of Kearney, Ronald and Melanie of Grand Island and Jay and Kim of Hastings; grandchildren, Zachary Fowler of Aurora and Don and Tuesday Risley of Colorado; Niki and Vince Bunker of Colorado; five great-grandchildren, and one brother, Kenneth Johnson of Mead. She was preceded in death by her parents. Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 5, 2013