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July 18, 2018

6/28/2018 12:20:00 PM
Betty Lyle Hanson

Betty Lyle Hanson, age 93, of Albert Lea and Byron, Minnesota, joyfully reunited with beloved husband Palmer on June 27, 2018, in their eternal home. Betty passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Samaritan Bethany Home, Rochester.

Born April 20, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, Betty graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1943. Betty loved art and fashion, designing window displays at JC Penney. During WWII, Betty worked in the sliced bacon line at Wilson & Co. meat packing plant. She married Palmer on June 28, 1945. Betty was a homemaker, later working for the Drivers' License Examination Office.

Betty was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Albert Lea where her grandfather was Pastor for 17 years. Betty served as Deacon and in the Mary Martha Circle. After moving to Byron she was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Rochester.

Betty was Nana to her grandchildren. Smart, talented, classy and witty, Betty contented herself putting others first. She loved to travel, seeing the pyramids and the Nile, and in the Holy Land walking where Jesus walked. At age 79, Betty ate chocolate in Paris. She loved New Mexico's jewelry and art galleries. Betty wrote many letters to her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her children, Vicki (Phil) Wintheiser of Byron, Minnesota, and Rev. Murray (Mary) Hanson of Rockford, Illinois. She has 6 grandchildren: Dr. Mia (Dane Smith) Wintheiser, Andrew Hanson, Tai Kraft, Rebecca (Brandon) Smith, Casey Wintheiser, Tony (Kristi) Wintheiser. She has 12 great grandchildren: Collin, Calvin, Allison Smith; Lillian and Eleanor Hanson; Solomon and Isaac Fisher, Abe Smith; Emily, Charlotte, Noah Wintheiser; Levi Wintheiser. She was preceded in death by parents, James and Ann, husband Palmer, granddaughter Erin, and best friend Dorothy.

A Memorial Service for Betty will be at 11:00AM Saturday, June 30, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester with Rev. T.J. Parlette officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Family prefers memorials to First Presbyterian Church in Rochester or to the United Way Olmsted County Imagination Library.

Online condolences are welcome at

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