Betty Crackel

Mary Betty Crackel, 91, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Mary Betty was born August 31, 1923 to Harry and Edith (Dicks) Snethen near Hammill, South Dakota. She attended and graduated from Winner High School. After high school, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska and attended night school while working as a bookkeeper for Baker Manufacturing. After several years there, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota where she attained a similar job as a bookkeeper.

On January 31, 1954, she married Raymond “Barney” Crackel where they lived on a farm south of Ree Heights. To this union, four children were born. Unfortunately, her husband passed away in July of 1964. Betty and her children moved into Ree Heights where she stayed home with her youngest and babysat her niece. After her youngest reached school age, she began working for Miller Plumbing and Heating in Miller. After one year of winter driving every day, the family moved to Miller. She worked in the Hand County Treasurer’s office for a few years, and then worked at the First National Bank for many years in the bookkeeping department. After retirement from the bank, she continued to work at the Miller Sale Barn, and then through Experience Works at the Soil Conservation Service and Job Service. She also worked as the First Presbyterian Church secretary for several years.

Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church serving as deacon and was a member of women’s circle. While living in Ree Heights, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia of Miller; two sons: Philip of Rapid City and Robert (Andrea) as well as one grandson, Levi all of Minot, ND.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; son, Jim; brothers: Harry and Philip (who was killed in the Korean War); sister, Louisa; mother and father-in-law, Joe and Pearl Crackel; brother-in-law, Wayne Crackel; and sister-in-law, Ida Crackel.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Betty’s arrangements.

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