Betty Jean Niemeyer, 85, died at 3:20 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Jerseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation after a period of declining health.
She was born in Jersey County on Aug. 30, 1928, one of four children born to the late Pearl R. & Anna M. (Henson) Scott.
She married Frederick Eugene Niemeyer on June 7, 1949 at the Methodist Parsonage in Grafton, and they have shared nearly 65 years together and raised a family that consisted of five children.
For many years, she was a devoted member of the Rosedale United Methodist Church, but after moving to Jerseyville several years ago, joined the Peace United Church of Christ, where she currently was a member.
In her early years, Betty was employed at the International Shoe Factory in Jerseyville and Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, but after her marriage and the birth of her children, chose to stay at home at raise her family. She was a loving devoted woman, he gave everything she had to her family, and was deservedly recognized as Jersey County Mother of the Year.
Surviving are her husband, Fred Niemeyer of Jerseyville; her five children & their spouses, Mike & Mary Niemeyer of Jerseyville, Dick & Rose Niemeyer of Fieldon, Rhonda & John Schilling of Bethalto, Marsha & Denny Steckel of Jerseyville, Lorna & Rick Hagen of Fieldon; 17 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; three sisters in law, Betty Scott and Marilyn Scott both of Jerseyville, and Mildred Scott of Nutwood.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two twin great granddaughters, Halley & Hannah Mueller; and three brothers, Dale Scott, Edward Scott and Robert Scott.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Ted Engelsdorfer will officiate.
Burial will be in the White Cemetery in rural Jerseyville.
Memorials may be given to the Activity Department at the Jerseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.