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Betty Lou Blythe

March 14, 1939 — October 24, 2019

Williamsburg-Betty Lou Griffith Blythe was born in rural Louisa County on March 14, 1939 to Margaret Griffith. Betty attended Crawfordsville schools and graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1956. She received her beautician training from Burlington Beauty Academy in Burlington in 1957. She was employed by a beauty salon in Iowa City from 1957 to May 1959. She owned and operated Betty's Beauty Box in Mechanicsville from May 1959 to Aug 1961. On September 17, 1961 she was married to Samuel Mervin Blythe in the Salem Welsh Presbyterian Church in rural Louisa County. Since then they have lived on their farm south of Williamsburg. By transfer of membership from the Salem Welsh Presbyterian Church, Betty became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Williamsburg. She was a Deacon, taught Sunday School and held many offices in the Presbyterian Women's Organization. She was active for many years in 4-H as a club leader, Home Ec. department superintendent, on the Fair Board and member of the Financial Committee. She was also a member of P.E.O. and held most of the offices in her local chapter. Mervin and Betty spent many winters in their home at Bentsen Grove Resort in Mission, Texas surrounded by many wonderful friends and their dogs.
Betty passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Highland Ridge Care Center at the age of 80 years.

Her family gave her the most pride and joy in life and left to survive are her husband of 58 years, Mervin; her children and grandchildren, Douglas (Michelle) Blythe of Williamsburg, their children Hayley (special friend Kendall), Bryson and Brandon; Donna (Jim) Butler of Champaign, IL and their children Danielle (fiancé Scott Pantier), Kaitlyn and Sam; Mindi (Tyler) Rees of Washington and their children Allison, Bailey and Blaine. She is also survived by an uncle, niece, nephews, and several cousins who filled her childhood years with fun.

Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 am on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church children's ministries. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

5:00 - 8:00pm

Powell Funeral Home- Williamsburg, Iowa

407 N Highland St, Williamsburg, IA 52361

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