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November 4, 2013

BETTE J. WRIGHT

JULY 22, 1922 — NOV. 3, 2013

OSKALOOSA —

Bette J. Wright of Oskaloosa died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa at the age of 91. Bette was a resident of Maple Ridge Assisted Living in Oskaloosa.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa. A private burial service of the cremated remains will be held at a later date at Greencastle Cemetery near Collins.

Bette was born at her grandparent’s farm home on July 22, 1922, near Collins, the daughter of Frank and Grace Hattery Landers. Her mother died suddenly in 1924 when Bette was 2 years old and she returned to Collins to live with her maternal grandparents. When she was older, she made her home with an aunt and uncle in Woodward, until she graduated from high school. After high school she attended Capitol City Commercial College and worked a session of the Iowa Legislature in the Senate Chamber.

In 1942, Bette married Leslie R. Wright, Jr. They raised their family on the family farm near Perry, and later in Fort Madison, Creston, Colby Kansas and Des Moines before moving to Oskaloosa in 1958. They were the parents of four children, Barbara (and F. Lynn) Hinkle, of Bozeman, Mont., Connie Eberline, Leland (and Connie Wymore) Wright and Christine Wright, all of Oskaloosa.

Bette was employed for over 26 years at Iowa Trust & Savings Bank in Oskaloosa, retiring as vice president and assistant trust officer. She later worked 8 years for the State of Iowa as a court attendant for Mahaska County. Her main interests outside of her family and friends included cooking, sewing and playing cards, especially bridge.

Bette was a member of Central United Methodist Church, past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, past president of Altrusa Club and a past member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Bette is survived by her four children, six grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two nieces, and one sister, Wilma (and Jerry) Fisher, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorials may be made to the MHP Hospice Services Serenity House or to Central United Methodist Church.

Memories and condolences may be sent by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.batesfuneralchapel.com

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