Betty Lou (Jones Hurley) Howell

October 19, 1953 ~ February 16, 2020 (age 66)


Betty Lou (Jones Hurley) Howell, age 66, passed away suddenly Sunday morning, February 16, 2020 at her home.

A visitation will be Thursday, February 27th from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service Friday, February 28th at 10 a.m. at O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services in Norwalk. Burial will take place immediately following the Celebration of Life in the Norwalk Cemetery with a luncheon to follow.

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Betty's Life Story

Betty Lou, born to Truman and Ruby (Young) Jones on Monday, October 19, 1953 in New Virginia was the fifth child born to the couple. She grew up on the family farm and attended New Virginia schools, graduating with the class of 1971 from Interstate 35 High School in Truro.

She met Darrell Hurley, her first love, and they wed.  Darrell and Betty had a deep love for one another and to their union, had three children, Lutricia, Chad and Becky.  Both, Darrell and Betty would proudly proclaim the kids were their world.  They were so happy.  Darrell passed in an accident leaving Betty to raise the kids on her own.  She made it look easy because her love for them came first.

Betty had a deep love for family and made sure her kids saw their grandparents and extended family making sure her children got to know their relatives.  She took them to family gatherings and picnics.  She taught them simple things, like her love of baking and encouraged her kids to pursue their many talents.

She was a private person and never complained about her health problems.  Betty was dedicated to and rarely ever missed work but looked forward to retirement to spend quality time with her family. She worked for the State of Iowa starting at the Department of Transportation in July 1981 and retired from the Department of Revenue, October 2016.  She became best of friends with her coworkers and was a wonderful friend to all that knew her.  She cherished her friendships and had special friends she kept from her high school years even.

Betty felt blessed when Chad married Liza.  Liza made a wonderful new addition to their family.  Her grandkids brought joy to her heart and she cherished each one: Levi, Logan, Lucas, Libby, Jocelyn, Sylestial (Sissy) and Deuce.  The grandkids many talents and school activities gave Betty plenty of joy.  Each grandkid had a special place in her heart that will remain for eternity.  Luke and Taya blessed her with two beautiful great grandchildren, Leland and Finley.  Betty was a special person, a role model for her kids and grandkids.

Betty met Gary and they wed, making Betty’s heart full again.  Gary and Betty shared the everyday little things in life with each other.  Someone to share everyday experiences with.

Her favorite love was her relationship with God.  She shared that love with her family and friends.  She wanted to make sure He was a part of their life.  No matter what lifes hurtles throw your way, you have God to turn to in your time of need.

Betty is survived by her siblings, Larry Jones, Lucy Crawford, Rodney (Kim) Jones and Jerry (Glenda) Jones; children, Lutricia (Bill) Warrender, Chad (Liza) Hurley and Becky Hurley; grandchildren, Lucas Tassin, Levi Tassin, Logan Hemping, Jocelyn Hurley, Liberty (Libby) Hemping, Sylestial (Sissy) Hurley, and Deuce Hurley; great grandchildren, Finley and Leland Tassin; friends, Clarine, Debbie and Joy in addition to a host of extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Hurley; parents, Truman and Ruby Jones; and a brother, Stanley Jones.

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February 27, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Celebration of Life
February 28, 2020

10:00 AM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

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