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  • Ida “Pauline” Bettenhausen, 91

  • Remembered for adventurous spirit
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  • Ida "Pauline" Bettenhausen, 91 of Sunrise Beach, Missouri peacefully passed away in her home on Friday, May 3rd, 2013.
     Pauline was born September 2nd, 1921 in Lancaster County, Nebraska.  Her parents were John Detmer and Iva Spurgin. She married Ralph Bettenhausen on June 13, 1947. She lived for many years in Lincoln Nebraska and Kansas City Missouri before retiring to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1979. During a short time during the Great Depression she moved with her family to a farm in Eldorado Springs, Missouri where she attended a one room school house.
    Pauline had an adventurous spirit and worked at many interesting jobs. Her first job was that of an elevator operator in a business high rise building. She worked as a bookkeeper in a Polka recording studio, was employed as a "government girl" at the Pentagon during World War II, working under Colonel Harry Mole.  Her final job was with Cartwright Vanlines as a secretary.
     She loved family, art, nature and the simple life at the lake very much. Pauline was a football fan and enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs and especially the Nebraska Cornhusker games with family and friends.
     Pauline was a long time member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie.
     She was preceded in death by her parents John and Iva Detmer, husband of 54 years, Ralph Bettenhausen, her sister Doris Owens, brothers Albert and Alton Detmer, and her daughter Nancy Belton.
     She is survived by her son Tom Bettenhausen of Poulsbo, Washington and her granddaughter Shellie Andrews of Sunrise Beach, Missouri as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
     A private memorial service will be scheduled for later this year in the lake area.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
     
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