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Betty M. O’Connor, 91

Mar 2, 2014

Spearfish, S.D. Betty Maxine Davis O’Connor, age 91, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center, in Spearfish, S.D. She was born to F.C. (Chuck) and Lottie Carrie (Lockwood) Davis on Nov. 30, 1922, in Rockford, Iowa. She grew up in Hampton, Iowa, and graduated with her Hampton High School class of 1940.

Betty entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II, stationed in Norfolk, Va., as a storekeeper 2nd Class. During her service years, she met and married fellow serviceman Charles R. ‘Dutch’ O’Connor and they were married 41 years. They were both discharged in 1946 and moved back to her hometown of Hampton, where they raised two daughters, Bonnie Lynn O’Connor Baker and Barbara Ellen O’Connor Nichols.

In the 1960’s they moved to Wells to own and operate Dutch’s Drive Inn and Restaurant. In the ’80’s, with a love of fishing, they moved in their retirement years to Northome where they owned Little Wolf Fishing and Hunting Resort. In 1986 with the death of Dutch, Betty moved back to Wells.

Her last few years were spent close to her daughter Bonnie in a place she loved, the Black Hills of South Dakota. Many days were spent with bird watching, rock hunting and driving through the hills.

Betty took great pride in her daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law and nephews.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Bonnie (Kent) Baker, and Barbara (Ron) Nichols; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Cathy (Tom) Daily.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dutch; her parents; and two sisters, Bonnie (Ken) Knapp, and Shirley (Jack) Kenealy.

Memorial Services will be in April at the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Interment will be in Hampton.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements and condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com