Betty May Starr

Betty May Starr
Betty May Starr

Betty May Starr, formerly of Richfield, Minn., passed away in North Branch, Minn. Aug. 27, 2013, at the age of 95.  She was born Nov. 28, 1917, in Owatonna, Minn. — the only child of Cecil and Frances Trapnell.  She graduated from West High in Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by husband F. Edwin Starr; first husband Lester D. Nelson; son William G. Nelson; and great-grandson Rexzel Hedman.

She is survived by children: Barbara (Richard) Munson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; L. Donald (Natalie) Nelson, of North Branch, Minn.; and Susan (Michael) Vergara, of Murrieta, Calif; grandchildren: Charles (Cindy) Munson, Darlene (Bob) Mehsikomer, Brookstyn Nelson, Trina (Erik) Larsen, Rachel McVey; eight great-grandchildren; and cousin Jane (Norm) Gibbs, of Warm Springs, Ga.

As a young girl she joined Jobs Daughters, becoming Honored Queen; she later joined the Richfield Chapter of the Eastern Star, eventually holding the office of Worthy Matron.  Betty was a home food tester for Betty Crocker.  Central in her life were her faith and church; she also loved keeping in touch with family and friends, cooking and baking, making sure everyone had enough to eat when visiting, playing the organ and the color purple.

Memorial Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 3:30 p.m., at Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington, Minn. Visitation with the family was held one hour prior to the service at church on Tuesday.  Private interment took place at Forest Hills Cemetery at Owatonna.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.  Condolences maybe left at

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