Bettie Arlene Harms

Bettie Arlene Harms, 92, of Altamont, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon Dec. 7, 2018 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, where she was a patient for a short time.

Her Christian funeral was conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont with the Rev. Bernard M. Ross officiating.

Visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, Dec. 13 from noon until 1:30 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont.

Christian burial rites were offered in Palatine Hillside Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 14. Kull Funeral Chapel assisted the family with their funeral arrangements.

Bettie was born on Feb. 18, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, one of three siblings into the Christian family of Harold and Leah O’Connell Kennedy. Bettie married George Harms Jr. on Jan. 12, 1950 in Sioux City, Iowa and he preceded her in death on December 8, 1983. The family had moved to Palatine from Lincoln, Neb. where Bettie was a homemaker, and assisted her husband in raising a family. Her family was very important to her. Her employments included working for the Elgin Watch Company in Lincoln, Neb. and the Tower Package Company in Dundee.

While living in Palatine she was a faithful 35-year member of the Christ Lutheran Church where she was active in Bible study and the church program of feeding and housing the homeless. Bettie moved to Altamont from Palatine in 1998 to be closer to her family. She entered the Lutheran Care Center in April 2017, for she was not able to live alone any longer. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church beginning in 1998.

Bettie leaves to mourn in her passing five sons: Robert (wife Colleen) Cover of Omaha, Neb., David (wife Michelle) Dumpert of Seabeck, Wa., George (wife Jone) Harms of San Jose, Calif., John (partner Jewel) Harms of Warrensville, N.C., and Paul (wife Wendy) Harms of Genoa; one daughter, Pamela (husband Richard) Siddens of Altamont; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Bettie was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Mrs. Cora Jean and William Stowell and Miss Gertrude Ann Kennedy.

Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church After School Day Care in Altamont, the Lutheran Care Center, and or the choice of the donor.

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This obituary has been approved by the family of Bettie Harms.

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