Betty Kemp, 85, died peacefully on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Halifax Health-Hospice Port Orange, Florida, Care Center with family at her side. A Celebration of Betty’s life will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, August 25, at the First Christian Church, 300 North Main Street, in Osceola, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Al Adams presiding. After a Graveside Service at the Osceola Cemetery, lunch will follow at the church.
Betty was born July 17, 1929, in Clarke County, Iowa, one of two daughters born to Ray Rarick and Leona (Woodard) Rarick. After graduation from Weldon High School in 1947, Betty married William E. Kemp on October 3, 1948 in Leon, Iowa. They were loving and devoted parents of Dr. Kenneth L. Kemp, DVM, and Rev. Linda Kemp-Baird. Betty was an incredible “stay-at-home Mom” while her children were in elementary and junior high schools; she was employed at the Clarke Medical Clinic from 1970 to 1980. She is fondly remembered for her generous hospitality as Bill and Betty hosted many gatherings of family and friends at their home north of Osceola. Bill and Betty were members of the First Christian Church, Osceola, Iowa since 1954.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill in April, 2014, and their son Ken in October, 1986. Betty is survived by her daughter Linda (Bob Kemp-Baird), Daytona Beach, Florida; daughter-in-law Terrie (Ed Nelson) of VanMeter, Iowa and; her grandchildren Jason Kemp of Waukee, Iowa, Jill (Anthony) Eleftheri of Zionsville, Indiana, Jerrad (Jenna) Kemp of Clive, Iowa, and Drew Kemp-Baird of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as sister Wanda (David) Gorsline, brothers-in-law Robert A. (Alice) Kemp, Samuel (Karen) Kemp and sister-in-law Gretchen VerSteegt. Betty’s great-grandchildren are: Maddison, Nick, Nora, Fletcher, and Henry Kemp, Nicholas and Victoria Eleftheri. Betty will be missed as well by many nieces, nephews, and life-long friends.
Family requests, as an option to flowers, that memorial contributions be made to First Christian Church of Osceola.