Betty L. Olmstead, 81, of Fort Dodge, IA, passed away July 19, 2017 at the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center. Funeral services were Saturday, July 22 at First United Methodist Church. Burial was at the Otho Cemetery. Laufersweilers-Sievers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Betty is survived by her husband, John, of Fort Dodge; son, Johnny; daughter, Danita “Dee” Burbank (Mark Alcorn) of Fort Dodge; grandchildren: Jeff and Teresa Burbank; Lora and Chris Novencido; Noelle Olmstead; great grandchildren: Ryan, Conner and Katie Burbank: Fisher, Josie, Sydney, Muira Novencido: and brother-in-law Ed (Linda) Olmstead of South Bend, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bessie (Irvine) Hayes; brother, Charles Jr.; sisters: Frances and Charlotte Hayes.

Betty Lee Hayes was born Jan. 12, 1936 in Sparrows Point, MD. She attended school and graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 1952. Betty went on to nursing school. She attended Church Home and Hospital and John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

In 1953, Betty met John while he was serving in the Army, he was stationed in Aberdeen, MD. The couple was united in marriage on May 20, 1956 in Elkton, MD, and moved to Iowa to establish their home in Fort Dodge.

Betty enjoyed selling at Craft and Flea markets where her and John made many friends. Betty also enjoyed the outdoors and camping. She will be greatly missed.

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