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Betty J. Johnson - Diehl

March 6, 1928 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 92)

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On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Betty Jane Johnson - Diehl, longtime Essex Iowa resident, passed away peacefully at the age of 92 in Julesburg Colorado.

A celebration of life graveside memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the Essex Cemetery with Lloyd Hauger officiating.  For those who are unable to attend, we will have the service on Facebook Live at 1:00 pm Sunday.  You can join the service or watch by going to the: Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Services Facebook Page. Scroll down through the page and the video will appear once we go live.  Memorials in Betty's name are being directed to the Essex Library in honor of her love of reading.

Betty was born in York County, Nebraska on March 6, 1928 to Clarence and Hilma (Johnson) Johnson, with sisters Ruth (Gus Alm) & Anna Mae (Bob Martin), and brother Wally (Barb Dadoe).

She married Harvey Wesley Diehl in 1947 and together they had three children, Larry (Nancy Hughes), Derry (Delores Weed), and Pam (Mark Ketchum).

Reading was her passion; especially historical fiction and westerns. She wanted enough books to open a library of her own. Betty also enjoyed her crossword puzzles, and she delighted in spending time with her family. One of her favorite memories from Essex was working in the daycare with the smallest children. While living in Wray, Colorado she enjoyed spending time with the 55-And-Over Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harvey, her siblings, and her son Larry. She is survived by her children Derry and Pam, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty J. Johnson - Diehl, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Graveside Service
August 16, 2020

1:00 PM
Essex Cemetery
1450 E Ave
Essex, IA 51638

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