Betty Lou Ranshaw, age 88 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Compass Memorial Hospital. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 24, 2018 in North Liberty. Location and times will be announced later. Burial will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty is survived by her husband Robert of Marengo; five children Timothy M. (Heide) of Denver, CO, Robert K. (Rosalie) of Denver, CO, Kathleen A. Ranshaw (Karen Jameson) of North Liberty, Deborah M. Ranshaw of Tiffin and David L. Ranshaw of Marengo; five grandchildren Jenny (Brad) Griswold, Ian (Laurie) Ranshaw, Travis Fowler, Davis Garritano, Zach (Kelsey) Ranshaw; six great-grandchildren Emily and Billy Griswold, Addison and Abigail Ranshaw, and Jennifer Lawrence and Gage Fowler; two brothers Quinn (Norma) McBride, of Huxley, Ian McBride of CA; two sisters Joy (Jon) Gage of Franklin, WI and Kristin McBride of Willow Springs, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Ralph W. McBride.
Betty Lou McBride was born February 28, 1929 in Liberty, NE the daughter of Ralph and Marie Winchell McBride. She graduated from University High School in Iowa City in 1947. She married Robert Ranshaw on June 24, 1947. She worked as a nurses’ aide, at Lantern Park Nursing Home, Coralville, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.
In her youth, Betty was very active in 4-H. She actively participated in her church, including choir. She was a member of the Whip-Poor-Will Women’s Club in North Liberty. She enjoyed arranging flowers, gardening and collecting music cd’s. Most of her time was spent with her family, keeping up with her friends, and tending to all of the cats on the farm.