Date of Birth: September 21, 1926
Date of Death: March 14, 2020
BETTY JEAN MARTIN, 93, peacefully past away after a long illness on Saturday March 14, 2020 at the Inn of Freedom Plaza in Peoria, AZ. Betty was born in Des Moines, Iowa a daughter of Humphrey and Lillie (Rogers) Thomas. Her brothers, Harry Rankin, Clifford Rankin, Humphrey Thomas Jr and sisters, Fern Allen, Alvergia Cox, Naomi Blood and G Arlene Thomas also preceded her in death. Betty lived in Arizona for over forty years working as a banker until she retired. She loved collecting dolls and each one would bring a twinkle to her eye and a smile to her face. Betty spent a number of years assisting her dear friend, Beryl Meritt, with her donation and renovation of the Meritt Farm exhibit at the Pioneer Living History Village here in Phoenix. After she retired, she enjoyed lots of summers in the "cool pines" of northern Arizona. Betty Jean loved visiting with her friends and family, always had a smile and a story (or two) to tell. She leaves behind six children David Bradish of Des Moines, IA, Richard (Melonie) Moore of St Paul, MN, Janiece (Fred) Seager of Phoenix, AZ, Gary ( Lana) Moore Of Sylvania, OH, Terri Woods of West Des Moines IA and Jerry (Amy) Moore of Des Moines, IA as well as 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. She will be dearly missed.
A celebration of Life and Interment will be in Des Moines, IA later this year. Arizona memorial service is pending.