Betty Jane Hanawalt, 87, formerly of Newton, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 17 at Coburn Funeral Home in Colfax. Burial will take place at the Colfax Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the burial at the Colfax United Methodist Church. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s and condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The daughter of Henry and Hilda (Hittle) Merrill, Betty was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Lorimor. On Sept. 16, 1951, she was united in marriage to James Hanawalt. Betty enjoyed collecting teapots and listening to music. She also enjoyed going to antique stores in search for her tea pots and other glassware. Those left to honor her memory include her brother, Gene (Ruth) Merrill; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; two brothers, Harold and Donald; and three sisters, Darlene, Alberta and Minnie.