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Betty Lucille Rood Mikesell
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1924
Death: Nov. 20, 2007

Betty Mikesell, age 83, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 20. In her words, "she lived a good life."

Betty Lucille Rood was born June 2, 1924, on a wheat ranch near John Day, Ore., to Cora Helen and Walter Rood. Her childhood school days were spent in Hermiston and Heppner, Ore. She graduated from Heppner High School in May 1942. During those "school days," she was active in declamatory contests, grange dances and the school plays. After high school, Betty traveled to Seattle to live with her brother, Orville, where she went to work at the Bremerton Naval shipyard. She was employed by the Food Co-op, filling coke and candy machines, and did some cashiering on a cafeteria train that went out on the docks with food for the sailors at lunch. Later, she transferred to the electric shop, where she was secretary to the leadingman. While working at the naval yard, Betty ended up riding on the same ferry as a sailor stationed there, Marshall Mikesell. They met and later married on May 26, 1944. After the war, Marshall and Betty moved to Eau Claire with their first=born, Marshall Jr., and she became a loving wife and homemaker for 60 years.

Betty was active with her children's lives, leading their Cub Scout packs and Brownie troops. If her children or grandchildren were active in things, then she was there lending a hand or supporting them however she could. She taught a 2-year-old children's Sunday School class at First Baptist Church for many years. Betty spent much of her leisure time sewing, baking and reading. She gave back to her community by doing volunteer work with the hospital auxiliary and Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her four children, Marshall Jr. of Eau Claire, Darlene Hinton of Eugene, Ore., Maryann (John) Ellis of Eau Claire and Shirley (Peter) Rockwell of Madison; her nine grandchildren, Sandra Mikesell, Steven (Lori) Hinton, Janet (Bill) Bauer, Ty (Kim) Ellis, Cynthia Hinton, Troy (Julie) Ellis, Brian Mikesell, John Rockwell and O'Daniel Rockwell; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Charlene (Harry) Collins and Marjorie (Ron) Cummings; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dell Larson, Kenneth (Elaine) Mikesell, Norman (Roberta) Mikesell, Clara (Doug) Miller, Audrey Mikesell and June Mikesell; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years; daughter-in-law, Brenda Mikesell; great-grandson, Christian Bauer; brothers, Orville, Gerald, Louis and Ray; sisters-in-law, Mickey, Betty Jean and Betty Lee; and brothers-in-law, LaVerne Mikesell and George Mikesell Jr.

Her children would like to acknowledge with a grateful heart all the people who cared for Betty: Dr. Julia Kyle and Carol Strunc for the compassion they showed our mother. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you make a memorial to a children's charity of your choice.

She will be remembered by us all for the great meals that came out of her Irish kitchen, her songs, her fun spirit and her generous heart.

Services for Betty will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, with Pastor Duane Winterberg officiating. A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and again an hour prior to services Sunday. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Family and friends may send condolences online at

Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Find A Grave volunteer Michael Roosevelt took the photo of the gravestone.

Family links: 
  Walter Rood (1888 - 1970)
  Marshall Ivan Mikesell (1945 - 2014)*
  Betty Lucille Rood Mikesell (1924 - 2007)
  Ray Andrew Rood (1927 - 1987)*
*Calculated relationship
Rest Haven Cemetery
Eau Claire County
Wisconsin, USA
Maintained by: Michele Ball
Originally Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Nov 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23049868
Betty Lucille <i>Rood</i> Mikesell
Added by: Michele Ball
Betty Lucille <i>Rood</i> Mikesell
Added by: James Seidelman
Betty Lucille <i>Rood</i> Mikesell
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Added by: James Seidelman
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Rest In Peace, Betty...
- James Seidelman
 Added: Jun. 2, 2009
What a wonderful site James constucted and was so happy he was willing to share with the rest of the family. May you rest in peace.
- Michele Ball
 Added: Feb. 2, 2009

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