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Margaret Elizabeth "Betty" Halloway Stauffer
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Birth: May 28, 1941
Death: 2011

Betty Stauffer - Betty (Margaret Elizabeth) Stauffer was born in Castor, Alberta, May 28, 1941. Her Dad, Robert Murray Holloway, a cattleman and grain farmer, also raised Percherons. Mother, Rita Irene (Weaver), had been a school teacher before Betty was born walking two miles each day to school often through three feet of snow. Oldest of a family of seven, Betty was also the firstborn in her generation. But she was soon surrounded by a host of cousins who grew up on nearby farms. She completed early grades a small rural school in Fleet and later finished High School in Castor. She studied for three years at Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta, where she had an on and off relationship with Arnold Stauffer. At the end of the third year he finally fell permanently under her charms and they married October 5, 1963. They recently celebrated 48 years of a wonderful life together. During the past four years of retirement they were seldom apart. Arnold and Betty raised two children: Todd (married to Lisa Hegedys) who have three children (Makayla, Chelsea, Janessa), and live at Sunnyslope; and Tara (married to David Zimmerman), who have four children (Nathaniel, Jonah, Britni, Aliyah), who live at Bragg Creek. She is survived by brothers David (Mary), Keith, Jerry (Rebecca), and sister Merle (was married to Javad). Brother John died at six weeks and brother Ronald at age 17 in a vehicle accident along with Betty's mother. Robert married Enid (Hahn) Mitchell in 1971, who brought with her to the Holloway home three lively daughters, doubling the previously rather quiet household. The first time Betty was home for a meal, she said, "Wow, this is like a birthday party every meal!" In addition, Betty also gained three step brothers and another step sister. Betty is survived by numerous cousins and nephews and nieces, one aunt and one uncle. Arnold recently commented several times to Betty's about her beautiful hands, which were slightly knurled by rheumatism. They sewed baby clothes for her children and blue jeans for them into their teens until they discovered they were not the designer type worn by their friends. For many years she created cross stitch pictures which grace the homes of many friends and relatives. Friends and family members have long encouraged Betty to sell her unusually delicious bread and buns which were always enjoyed at family gatherings and by guests. In recent years she brought them to the Three Hills Farmers' Market and usually sold out. In addition she baked her famous multi-grain bread and buns for many folks. Wherever we lived she became well-known for her amazing sticky buns. For the past two seasons she and Arnold Managed the Market when it grew to over 50 vendors and up to 80 tables. For many years Betty and Arnold have been members of the Three Hills Good Health Club which holds meetings to encourage good health and operates the local Good Health Store. For the past three she served as secretary to the Club. She also served as Deaconess at Mt Olive Church. Betty was a singer, starting as a pre-schooler soloing at the rural Markham church in Fleet, Alberta, and at school concerts. She sang in trios and the choir at College and in many church choirs as well as with the Seminary choir while Arnold attended Asbury Theological Seminar for four years in Kentucky. She dearly loved her seven Grandchildren. Her greatest sorrow when she was recently sidelined by pancreatic/live cancer was that she would not longer be able to look after them on occasion. The family always came home at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas where we all enjoyed Betty's delicious turkey dinners. My "Country Girl" will be deeply missed by Arnold, and by our children and grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Her Celebration Service will be Wednesday at 1:00 pm at Mt Olive Church, with Son-in-Law Rev. David Zimmerman officiating. Burial will take place at the Didsbury Cemetery following the Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Three Hills Good Health Club, at the Good Health Store. A memorial to Betty is being established to pursue research and to promote the prevention of disease.

 
 
Burial:
Didsbury Cemetery
Didsbury
Calgary Census Division
Alberta, Canada
 
Created by: Allan Dettweiler
Record added: Oct 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98652715
Margaret Elizabeth Betty <i>Halloway</i> Stauffer
Added by: Allan Dettweiler
 
Margaret Elizabeth Betty <i>Halloway</i> Stauffer
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Margaret Elizabeth Betty <i>Halloway</i> Stauffer
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