Betty Jean Dick


Betty Jean Dick, age 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Shabbona, IL. She was born June 6, 1939 in Oskaloosa, IA to William Leonard Harding and Elnora Mae Johnston Harding. Her father died in 1944 during World War II. In 1946 her mother married Donald H. Lathrop.

She graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1957. In 1958 she married Donald L. Saddoris. They had one son, Donald L. Saddoris, Jr. After Donald was born, she completed beauty school in Ottumwa, IA and eventually moved to Las Vegas, NV. There she met James V. Dick. They married in April 1968 and had one son Jason V. Dick James.

Betty Jean's passions were antiques, art and writing "Old Farmer" stories. She wrote thirty some stories referencing her childhood memories and her maternal grandparents Griffie and Lillie (Luntsford) Johnston.

She is survived by her husband of fifty one years James V. Dick of DeKalb, IL. Sons Donald L. Saddoris, Jr of Henderson, NV and Jason V. Dick James of DeKalb, IL. Daughter Bobbie Dayle (Jon) Howard of Las Vegas, NV. Brother Michael D. (Christy) Lathrop of Nashville, TN. Sisters Beverly J. (Dennis) Murr of Lake Elmo, MN and Patricia (Tom) O'Connor of Central City, IA. Eight grandchildren, one great grandson and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son James Daniel Dick.
Published on April 30, 2019
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Jan Bennett
May 19, 2019
I have had Betty on my mind for several days, in fact since she left Pahrump, NV with her son. I had hoped to hear from her after she left to live in the Chicago Illinois area. For some reason I had to look on the computer to see if she was still alive and found her name in the obituaries. I am saddened to hear of her passing though expected. Betty was a wonderful and giving person. We had known one another for many years in the Las Vegas area. I taught decorative painting classes at her craft store on Rainbow Blvd in Las Vegas. She came to several of my classes while living in the Henderson area. She was so proud of her sons, her family and grandchildren. She was also so very talen...ted with her art and her writings. One of the finest artists I have known. I hope her works of art will be passed on to those who can truly appreciate it and that her childhood stories can be published. She so wanted that to happen but did not know how to go about doing that. It is with a sad heart to learn of her passing though I knew she was not doing well. May she Rest in Peace and know she was loved by many.Read more