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Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

First Lutheran Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

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In memory of

Betty Lou Pederson

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Avantara Mountainview Nursing Home in Rapid City at the age of 86

Betty Lou Ballard was born February 7, 1933, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was adopted by Joe Ballard. She graduated from high school in 1951.

Betty met Gordon Pederson in 1953 and on March 8, 1955, they were united in marriage in Indianapolis. They had four children: James, Carol, Nancy, and Gary.

Betty would spend the next 15 years following her husband, Gordon, to his various military postings including three years in Germany and three and a half years in Panama. In 1970 Gordon retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and they moved to Wall. Betty began working as accountant at Wall Drug shortly after. She worked there for 22 years.

Betty enjoyed playing cards with her Wall Drug friends, spending time with grandchildren, and traveling. She was a long time member of the Wall First Lutheran Church and president of the Wall Lion’s Club.

Survivors include four grandchildren, Nick Niemann of Edwardsville, Illinois, Tyler Niemann of Edwardsville, Illinois, Matthew Holub of Mason City, Iowa, and Grant Holub of Rapid City; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Niemann and Greysen Mann; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gordon on August 20, 2011; sons Gary and James Pederson; daughters, Carol Naescher and Nancy Holub.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall with Pastor Christopher McCarthy officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wall Cemetery.

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 5-7 p.m.
Rush Funeral Chapel
Wall, South Dakota

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
First Lutheran Church
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Christopher McCarthy

Mary Kay Wilson - Pianist
Congregational Hymns
“Amazing Grace”

Michael Sieler - B.J. Dartt

Nicholas Niemann - Matthew Holub - Grant Holub
Jim Marotz - Dave Sisk - Bob Sisk

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota

  • Betty was such a sweetheart, always a joy to visit with and had a heart of gold. We will miss you Betty. ~ Kari and Kendall Kjerstad Grand Junction, Colorado (7/16/2019)
  • I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was an awesome lady and I enjoyed spending 2 summers with her and her family. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. ~ Penny Veskrna Aberdeen SD (7/12/2019)
  • We have lost a sweet lady! Always kind and cheerful. She will be missed by our whole family, but we know she is reunited with her husband and children now and that makes her happy! Prayers for her grandsons, keep those memories close and know that she loved you all so much! ~ Kelly Lurz Wall, SD (7/12/2019)
  • I'll always love you aunt Betty ~ Regan Scott Rapid City (7/11/2019)
  • We will miss you, dear friend, but know that you are now living in joy with Jesus! ~ Gayle Eisenbraun Prentice Rapid City, SD (7/11/2019)