Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Carlson; parents Claude and Jennie Pflasterer; brothers Donald Pflasterer and Forrest Pflasterer; one preborn grandchild and eight preborn great-grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Alan (Karen) of Livermore, CO and daughter, Judy (Ken) Nanfito of Omaha; grandchildren Elizabeth (Ben) Godbey, Anne (Matt) Sutton, Sally (Dave) Rhodes, Samuel Nanfito and Eric (Kaitlin) Nanfito; and great-grandchildren Gentry, Colton, Gage, Lydia, Josie, Naomi, Westby, Max and Kingsley.
Betty loved her Lord, her family and her many friends of all ages. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church for most of her 94 years. She cherished being “Mom” or “Grandma” to the many within and outside her family who knew she “loved them night and day.” Known for her quick wit and lively spirit, she handled her recent health challenges with grace and humor, sustained by her faith.
Many thanks to Care Consultants for the Aging and to CHI Hospice for their assistance during her final months. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Mater Filius, a home for expectant mothers and their children.
MOM C – SWEET SMILES
Our lives on earth are not so long,
This truth we’ve always known,
But true as well, we await with joy,
Our eternal home sweet home!
We’ll lift our voices in joyful song,
Those who’ve claimed the Lord our own,
Oh to be with our great Lord in glory,
For all eternity!
He has prepared a place for us,
For He loves us this we know,
We will see Jesus shining face,
And our true story will be told.
The good fight which you have fought so well,
This race you’ve run with grace,
Will be your crown as you enter His gates,
And gaze upon His face.
The kindness you have always shown,
Has left its mark on many.
You have truly touched us with your love;
Family, neighbors, friends so plenty.
Your legacy lives strong in those,
Blessed to cross your path.
Living love in action for all to see,
You’ve given us a map,
And a glimpse of heaven in your home,
Filled with laughter, warmth, and caring.
Sweet smiles you’ve shared,
Unconditional love not spared.
Treasured memories with you we have,
To forever cherish and hold dear.
Until we meet again someday,
Know you’re in our hearts and prayers.
With hope in the promises of God and His grace,
We’ll do our best to run our race.
We’ll strive to follow the great example you gave,
Till we shall see our Lord who conquered the grave,
And be greeted by you and Jesus with arms open wide,
To see your sweet smiles on the other side!
Love you Mom C!
(Written by Kathy Ray Manship, a friend of Judy’s since kindergarten)