GOTHENBURG — Betty Willard, 90, of Kearney died Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney with the Rev. Joe Hannappel officiating. Interment will follow at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation is 5-6 p.m. today at the church followed by a 6 p.m. vigil/prayer service.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.


Betty was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Stuart to Frank and Rose (Kramer) Hamik. She was raised in Stuart and attended Stuart High School. Betty later attended Lincoln Beauty Academy in Lincoln.

She married Leland Willard on Oct. 28, 1954, in Stuart. To this union five girls were born: LeAnne, Lori, Lisa, Lynelle and Lichelle. The couple made their home in Kearney and they enjoyed traveling extensively together.

Betty enjoyed staying home to raise her family. As her children grew, Betty began a career with Avon where she was in sales for over 30 years. Betty loved to spend time with her family. She was a gracious host and especially looked forward to cooking for family and their guests.

She was an active member of St. James Catholic Church where she was involved in the altar society and prayer chain. Betty was a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross and Good Samaritan Hospital. She was an avid bowler and a proud member of the Betty Club.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, LeAnne Lacey and her husband, Mike, of Shelton, Lori West of Kearney, Lisa Schwab and her husband, Kent, of Silverthorne, Colo., and Lichelle Aden and her husband, Jim, of Gothenburg; grandchildren, Jessica Frink (Jeremy), Justin Lacey (Jill), Timmy, Nicole and Dillon West, Sydney Schwab, Kyle Schwab (Elle), Bailey, Grace, Maggie and Sophia Aden; great-grandchildren, Owen and Elliet Frink and Madi and Barrett Lacey; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee Willard; daughter, Lynelle (Willard) Parks; grandson, Isaiah Aden; and her sisters and brothers.

Memorials are suggested to St. James Catholic Church.

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