Retta Jo Betts

Obituary | Gillette, Wyoming

Retta Jo Betts, 84, of Gillette passed away peacefully on October 2, 2020, with family by her side. Retta was born on August 22, 1936, in Iola, Kansas to Lloyd and Emmaretta Heath. She graduated from Russell High School in Russell, Kansas.

On November 26, 1956, Retta married Edward Marion Betts in Dorrance, Kansas and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. The couple welcomed two children: son, Martin and daughter, Alyson. Retta and her family moved to El Dorado, Kansas where she worked at a motel, jewelry store and the local library. They settled in Gillette Wyoming in 1977 where she worked at George Amos Memorial Library and the local dress shop. She and her husband, Ed, were proud business owners of Shine-A-Blind and Retta’s Home Cleaning Services. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and grandson, Kerry Todd Zimmerschied.

Retta loved having coffee most mornings with her “gang” of friends, playing cards, and walking.  She appreciated and studied fine art and was an amazing, talented self-taught artist and painter.

She treated everyone she met in life with compassion, acceptance, and generosity because those things are what encapsulated who she was and how she lived her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; siblings, Mick Betts, Don Betts, Rex Betts, Eileen (Heath) Schmidt, Naida (Heath) Yost. She is survived by son, Martin (Nancy) Betts of St. Joseph, Minnesota; daughter, Alyson (Kelly) Zimmerschied and grandson, Kerry of Moorcroft, Wyoming; sister, Patricia Dinkel, Salina Kansas.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 9, 2020, at Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette.  Her private interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery with immediate family reuniting her with her beloved husband Edward.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Retta’s favorite charity organization, Inyan Kara Shrine Club, 133 Cedar St., Newcastle, WY  82701.

Memorials and condolences may also be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at



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