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Betty N. Conrad


Betty N. Conrad, 92, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away of natural causes, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 8, 2018, at Gospel Hall, Manchester, with funeral services to follow at 1:30 p.m. Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Manchester.
Arrangements with Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester.
Betty was born on a farm in rural Manchester on Dec. 9, 1925, to Silas and Carrie Smith. She lived a humble life through the Depression, helping with all the manual work on the farm. She talked about milking six cows night and morning by hand, working the horses doing field work, helping her mother around the house with the cooking and baking, and caring for her younger siblings. Because of the demands at home for her to work around the farm, her formal education ended when she finished eighth grade. Her life lessons never ended and her domestic skills and common-sense development were insurmountable and served her well through her 92 years.
Betty married Mahlon Willis Conrad II at the age of 18 in 1944 when he returned from serving during World War II in Australia. She was with Willis in Nebraska and Arizona when he completed his service in the Air Corps. The courtship was pretty much only by mail during his deployment. Their marriage created three children, Bettina, Mahlon and Steve. Because Bettina was born a small person, Betty cared for her until she passed at 28 years of age. Betty loved being a mother and caring for her children so she became a licensed home child care provider and at times would have eight to 10 kids under her care. Betty and Willis traveled for a month to Australia for their 50th wedding anniversary.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters, Arba, Doran, Donald, Belle, Mae, Corinne and Emma.
Betty's memory and sharpness of thought were with her to the end and often looked to for advice or family history. She was a member of the Gospel Hall in Manchester from her youth until passing. Her faith and devotion to God and Jesus led her through her life.
She is survived by her sons, Mahlon "Mal" and Steve; grandsons, Chris and Luke; three great-grandkids, Bailey, Sydney and Caden; her sister, Ruth Moser; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Manchester Gospel Hall or Camp Courageous of Iowa.
Please share a memory of Betty at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.