Betty Jane Abernathy, 94, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at her home
of natural causes. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories officiated by the Rev. David Renfro. Burial
will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Betty is survived by her children, Terry (Patti) Drexler, Debbie (Bob) Wernimont and Sonny Drexler, all of Cedar Rapids, Mary Abernathy of San Francisco, Calif., and Ann (Tarryl) Bockelman of North Liberty; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Abernathy; three sisters, Ellen Comried, Myrtle "Babe" Yardley and Darlene Kerr; and four brothers, Chuck, Bob, Don and Russell Moss.
Betty Jane Abernathy was born Feb. 27, 1925, in Eldora, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Olive (Miner) Moss. She married Merle Drexler. They later divorced. Betty worked as a secretary at AW Schmidt. She was united in marriage to Robert Abernathy on June 10, 1965, in Cedar Rapids. After Betty retired, she sold Brookfield Uniforms with Robert. They shared 43 wonderful years of marriage together. Betty was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Women's Auxiliary, VFW Post 788, Cedar Rapids Postal Women's Auxiliary and the American Legion Women's Auxiliary.
Betty enjoyed camping, dancing, cooking and going to the casino. She especially loved spending time with her beloved family. Family times were very meaningful to Betty. She always will be remembered around the holidays because her holiday feasts were amazing.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be conveyed at www.cedarmemorial.com.