Betty White


Betty L. White, 68, of Ottumwa died at 12:07 p.m. July 16, 2021 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

She was born March 20, 1953 in Wapello County to John Emery and Ruth Lillian Sandell Phillips. She married John White on September 1, 1973.

Betty was a 1971 graduate of Ottumwa High School. She had worked at O’Hara Hardware, Big Bear and was a store manager at Goodwill.

She participated in 4-H activities helping with local clubs. She enjoyed sewing, adult coloring books, watching her cattle on the farm, going to car shows with her husband and son and loved her dog, Annie.

Surviving is her husband, John of Ottumwa; a son, John Matthew White of Ottumwa; a niece, Lisa (Jeffrey) Clark of Ottumwa; a great niece, Kaitlyn and a great nephew, Zac.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Shirley Manning.

Visitation will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 21st at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Matthews officiating. Burial will be in Point Isabelle Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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