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Bettina Jane "Betty" McElroy Speyrer
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1922
Dudley
Wapello County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 2013
Lafayette
Lafayette Parish
Louisiana, USA

Bettina Jane "Betty" (McElroy) Speyrer
June 18, 1922 - June 7, 2013


Daughter of:
Carl Tod McElroy
and
Leora Sophia (Byrum) McElroy Moore

Sister of:
Vera E. (McElroy) Erickson
Marjorie Anne (McElroy) Myers
Kathryn E. (McElroy) Whitaker

Widow of:
Antoine "Anthony" Speyrer
of Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana.

They were married March 14, 1942 in Washington, D. C.

Survived by:
Six children
One sister
One brother
Eight grandchildren
Nine great grandchildren

CENSUS RECORDS

1910 US CENSUS
Columbia Township, Wapello County, Iowa
May 1, 2010
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DWELLING 170/FAMILY 169
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McELROY, Carl, head, m, w, 27, married once for one years, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Iowa, carpenter, house
McELROY, Leora [BYRUM], wife, f, w, 20, married once for one year, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Vera, daughter, f, w, 1 year ? months, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none

1920 US CENSUS
Cass Township, Chillicothe Town, Wapello County, Iowa
January 22, 2010
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DWELLING 90/FAMILY 90
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McELROY, Carl T., head, m, w, 36, married, Iowa, Ohio, Ohio, farmer, general farm
McELROY, Leora S. [BYRUM], wife, f, w, 30, married, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Vera E., daughter, f, w, 10, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Marjorie, daughter, f, w, 7, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Kathrin, daughter, f, w, 5, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none

1930 U. S. Census
Cass Township, Wapello County, Iowa
April 4, 1930
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DWELLING 7/ FAMILY 7
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McELROY, Carl, head, m, w, 57, married at age 25, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Iowa, farmer, general farm
McELROY, Leora S. [BYRUM], wife, f, w, 40, married at age 18, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Marjorie A., daughter, f, w, 18, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Kathryn E., daughter, f, w, 16, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Bettina J., daughter, f, w, 7, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none
McELROY, Carolyn I., daughter, f, w, 2 years 10 months, single, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, none

1940 U. S. Census
Cass township, Wapello County, Iowa
April 11, 1940
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HOUSEHOLD No. 90
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McELROY, Leora [BYRUM], head, w, f, 50, widow, Iowa,Iowa, In Wapello County, Iowa in 1935, farmer, farm
McELROY, Carolyn, daughter, f, w, 12, single, Iowa, In Wapello County, Iowa in 1935
McELROY, Betty, daughter, f, w, 17, single, Iowa, In Wapello County, Iowa in 1935
McELROY, William T., son, m, w, 9, single, Iowa, In Wapello County, Iowa in 1935

From her Obituary
Martin & Castille Funeral Home
Lafayette, Louisiana


Betty was born on her parents' farm near Dudley, Iowa in Wapello County on June 18, 1922 to Carl Tod & Leora Sophia Byrum McElroy. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1939 and the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa in 1940. She went to Washington, DC in 1941 to work as secretary to the chief photographer of the Air Corps during WWII. There, in 1942, she met and married Naval Communications Cryptographer Anthony Speyrer of Leonville, Louisiana. After the war, the couple raised six children for whom Betty stayed home and cared while Tony built his reputation in the insurance industry. Moving to Lafayette in 1957, Betty eventually taught kindergarten at Tiny Tot School in her neighborhood, then accepted a secretarial position at the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in 1965 where she worked, successively, until 1995, for Msgr. HA Larroque, Chancellor, Bishops Maurice Schexnayder, Warren Boudreaux and Gerard Frey, and Sr. Joanna Valoni, Chancellor & Director of Administration.

Betty was awarded the Benemerenti Medal for distinguished service to the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II. She always enjoyed the fact that, as secretary to the Bishop, she typed her award announcement letter herself! She received notice of a Papal Blessing by John Paul 23rd and was awarded a Bishop's Medal by Gerard Frey for her service to the Diocese of Lafayette. She was a member of the Diocesan Honorees Society, serving a term as president. She long served as secretary to the Serra Club, a group that prays for and helps support vocations to the priesthood and religious life. She participated for years on the board of the St. John Cathedral Cemetery Commission. Betty also was a member and past president of the Business & Professional Women (BPW). After retirement, she volunteered as a proof reader for the Acadiana Catholic and in the cemetery office at the Cathedral.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Carl Todd McElroy (1883 - 1937)
  Leora Sophia Byrum Moore (1889 - 1986)
 
 Spouse:
  Anthony Speyrer (1917 - 1991)*
 
 Siblings:
  Vera Elizabeth McElroy Erickson (1909 - 1993)*
  Marjorie Anne McElroy Myers (1912 - 1991)*
  Kathryn Eleanor McElroy Whitaker (1914 - 1980)*
  Bettina Jane McElroy Speyrer (1922 - 2013)
  William Todd McElroy (1930 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint John Cemetery
Lafayette
Lafayette Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Sebastian
Originally Created by: Robert Reeves
Record added: Jun 08, 2013
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