Betty Louise Burton Dack peacefully went to be with her loved ones and Savior, entering eternity on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, while a resident of the Hillcrest Nursing Home, her home for the past 29 years. She was 75.
Betty first saw the light of day being born on Sept. 5, 1930, near Bartley, to Myrl Russell and Clarice Lucille (Culver) Burton. She was raised by her "step-dad," Fern O. Ellis, in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School Class of 1947. After graduation, she moved to McCook to live with an aunt and uncle to find employment. She worked in various cafes and this was where she met her partner for life, Bob Dack.
On Sept. 5, 1948, she married Robert Francis "Bob" Dack at her mother's home in Cambridge. Betty and Bob farmed both southwest of McCook, on the Dack homestead, and east of McCook, on the flat bottom land near the river, for many years before moving to their city home on West Fifth. The Lord blessed them with four children, three sons and the youngest, a daughter. Betty enjoyed her children, keeping house and hosting various parties like Tupperware, Stanley, etc. She was diagnosed in the mid 1960s with multiple sclerosis. Her parents, husband, family and friends did everything possible to help, aid, comfort and care for her while still in her own home. However, the crippling disease disabling her, she entered Hillcrest Nursing Home on July 15, 1976, when her youngest child, Jana, was 11-years-old. Betty was a devoted wife and very kind, loving mother. She and Bob celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary just before his passing in 1995.
Betty was a people person and enjoyed residing at Hillcrest. In her early years at the Home, she often hosted parties and daily delivered the mail to residents in her electric wheelchair. Hillcrest counted on her many years to daily read the menus at mealtime and recite the blessing. She enjoyed it so when her family gathered with her for birthdays and holidays.
Betty was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook and her particular Ladies' Circle from the church always remembered and showered her with cards and visits.
Betty, along with her husband, Bob, and her mother, Lucille, started the MS chapter here in Red Willow County.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Myrl Russell Burton on Oct. 26, 1998, and Clarice Lucille (Culver) Burton Ellis Behrendt on Aug. 29, 1986; step-dad, Fern O. Ellis on Sept. 9, 1972; her husband, Bob Dack on Sept. 18, 1995; her daughter, Jana Sue (Dack) Latimer Biltoft on Jan. 11, 1999; her brother, Ralph Myrl Burton on June 3, 2000; and her daughter-in-law, Julie (Kruegar) Dack on March 21, 2001; four brothers-in-law Clyde "Bud" Dack, Lawrence "Dutch" Eisenbarth and John "Jack" Dack, all of McCook, and Art Swanson of St. George, Utah; three sisters-in-law Agnes, Doris and Grace Dack, all of McCook.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law and caretaker, Sherrie Goad Dack and her sons, Carter and Stuart Dack of McCook; sons, Robert Dack of North Platte, Bill and wife, Shirley Dack, and their sons, Richard and wife, Debra, Stephen and Keenan of McCook and Dana Dack of McCook and his children, Natasha and Brandon Dack of Hastings; son-in-law, Lynn Biltoft and grandson, Jeffery Robert Dack of McCook; grandchildren, Melissa Dack, Stanzel Markey and Jeremy (Dack) Stanzel; nine great-grandchildren, Miles, Alexander, Cameron, Trinity, David, Zachary and Shandell Dack, all of McCook, Liberty Grace Markey of Grand Junction, Colo., and Shawn James Dack Louden of Hastings; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Dack) and husband, Richard Nielson and Barbara (Dack) and husband, Raymond Grafel, all of McCook; one brother-in-law, Richard and wife, Karen Dack of McCook; four stepbrothers, Bill and wife, Jean Ellis of Bartley, Jim and wife, Carolyn Ellis of Cambridge, Don and wife, Susie Burton of Bartley and Bob and wife, Pam Burton of Virginia Beach, Va.; three stepsisters, Patricia (Ellis) Williams Swanson of St. George, Juniata (Burton) Haller and husband, Jacob of Richland, Mo., and Charlotte (Burton) Fisher and husband, Larry of North Platte; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close friends Betty has made throughout the years, all of which faithfully remembered her with a card on birthdays or at Christmas. Through the years, Betty has "adopted" all the Hillcrest Nursing Home employees, past and present, and the many various residents, who came and went, as her extended family too.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook with Pastor Jon Albrecht officiating. Burial will be along side her husband, Bob, and daughter, Jana, in Memorial Park.
Visitation will be today and Wednesday, during business hours, and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Carpenter Breland Funeral home. Friends may go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.
Memorials may be given in her name and left at the funeral home.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.