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Our mother, Betty L. Bennett passed away on April 13, 2021 at the age of 90 years. Betty L. Micheel was born to Carl A and Ruth (Keller) Micheel on September 30, 1930 in Nebraska. She was the youngest of eight children. Her mother (Ruth) died when Betty was two years old, and she was raised by her loving father. She attended grade school in the Brownlee and Woodlake, Nebraska area before the family moved to the ranch south of Martin on LaCreek, in 1941. She attended grade school and high school in Bennett County, graduating from high school in 1948. She spent most of her young life riding horses, (since age 2 as told by her father). She loved telling stories about checking cattle, windmills and salt for her dad. She took pride in being a cowgirl and helping her father.
In 1949 she married Riner (Sonny) Johnson and to this union four children were born, Carl, Clifford Dean (died in infancy) Edwin and Margaret.
Betty held several jobs in the Martin Community including Deputy Treasurer. After Sonny's death, she later moved to Dallas, South Dakota where she married Jack Bennett. While she lived in Dallas, she held the job of Town Clerk. One of the highlights of Betty’s life was being involved with the Dallas Fire Department. Betty took great pride in being an active member and assisting with the growth of the department.
After the death of her husband Jack, she returned to the Micheel Ranch to help her brother, Melvin. After Melvin's passing, she moved to the Carl & Patricia Johnson Ranch where she bossed Carl and kept him in line.
She passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at the Bennett County Hospital.
She is survived by her son Carl (wife Patricia, grandson David, granddaughter Kimberly (husband Robert and great granddaughter Carlee), son Edwin (granddaughter Danelle (great grandchildren Jacob, Selena, Scottie, Kateri, two great, great grandchildren Rose and Oliver), granddaughter Melita (husband Walter York great grandchildren Cameron and Hannah), daughter Margret (grandson Brian (wife Sara great grandsons Mark, Austin and great granddaughter Allison), granddaughter Amanda (husband Mark great grandson Logan and great granddaughter Leighton), granddaughter Angela (husband Lonnie great granddaughter Adeline, great grandson Aspen), grandson Aaron (great granddaughter Genevieve, and great grandson Jack), grandson Nathan (wife Sunny great grandson Zack, and great granddaughter Sophie).
Condolences and inquires can be sent to P.O. Box 225 Martin, SD 57551. At Betty’s request, cremation has taken place and family services will be held at a date to be determined.
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