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Betty Jean Sorensen

December 12, 1930 August 3, 2019
Betty Jean Sorensen
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Betty Jean Sorensen was born in Audubon County to Lona and Bea Slayton on December 12, 1930.  They moved to Guthrie County where Betty was raised with four brothers and one sister. She attended Guthrie Center High School and graduated in 1949.  She played 6 on 6 basketball, appearing at state 2 times. She worked on the family farm, and raised thoroughbred race horses with the family.

She married Milo Sorensen in 1949, following his service in the Army.  They bought a farm north of Guthrie Center, where they raised their two sons and two daughters.  They loved attending their children and grandchildren’s school activities.  They frequently played cards and drank coffee with their friends and neighbors. Betty’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and noodles were family favorites.

Milo and Betty moved from the farm in 2006 and bought a condo in Guthrie Center.  Betty entered the New Homestead in 2014 where she resided until her death on August 3. 

Betty is survived by her children, Marcia Priestley, Craig (Kristi) Sorensen, Steve Sorensen (Linda Powell), Sheri (Paul Kraus). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andy (Julie) Priestley, Ali (Cary) Coppola, Joel Sorensen, Amy Sorensen, Curtis (Laura) Sorensen, Jordan Sorensen (Erik Lin-Greenberg), Tyler (Amy Nichols), Kelly (Andrew) Bolin, Jacob Lyman.  Betty is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and her brother Harold(Janet) Slayton. Preceding her in death were her husband Milo, son-in-law Bill Priestley, brothers Glen, Dale, and Donnie Slayton and their spouses, and sister Helen(Wayne) Matherly. She will be missed by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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6:00 PM 8/6/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/6/2019 8:00:00 PM
Twigg Funeral Home - Guthrie

506 Prairie Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

Twigg Funeral Home - Guthrie
506 Prairie Street Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

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10:30 AM 8/7/2019 10:30:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

405 Prairie St
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

First United Methodist Church
405 Prairie St Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Union Cemetery Final Resting Place

Guthrie Center, IA 50115

gc Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

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