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Betty Jean Smith

January 22, 1940 — January 7, 2023

Betty Jean Smith, 82 of South Sioux City, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023 after a long battle against cancer.  Abiding by her wishes, cremation has taken place, and service will be determined at a later date.  Mohr & Becker-Hunt Funeral home has assisted with arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at Memorials may be offered to June E. Nylon Cancer Center or Siouxland Humane Society in Betty’s name. 

Betty was born on January 22, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa to Alfred and Mildred (Stull) Smith.  She graduated from Waterbury High School with the Class of 1958, and continued her education at Western Iowa Tech.  Betty helped her father on the farm, and once she entered the workforce, she was in Omaha in 1959 with Verifies Computer, 1965 in the Badgerow Building and Siouxland Glass.  In the 1970’s, Betty worked at Region 4 Services, and worked as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) for Mercy Hospital and Indian Hills Care Facility.  Betty, along with her friend of 41 years, Cindy Hansen, ran an adult family home for the developmentally disabled for over 30 years.  Betty also worked at the Sioux City Journal, Sioux City Riverboat Casino, and Sam’s Club. 

As her Mom and Dad needed more help, Betty gave up her job and took care of them until the Lord took them home.  Family was #1 for Betty.  She gave up countless hours to watch nieces, nephews, and children of friends.  Betty was a dedicated animal lover.

Survivors include her sisters Millie (Ken) Kruse of Des Moines, Iowa, Mary (Ron) Meier of St. Paul, Minnesota, Virginia Yomacka of Akron, Ohio, and Susan Hickman of South Sioux City, Nebraska; brother Joe (Lilly) Smith of Allen, Nebraska; along with a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Tom, Dick, Larry, and John Smith, and sister Laurie (Smith) Stewart. 

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