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Betty Slansky

Betty Jane Slansky (Olson)

Monday, August 29th, 1927 - Saturday, November 28th, 2020
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Betty Jane (Olson) Slansky, 93, of Gering, Nebraska passed away November 28, 2020 at the Residency Care Center after contracting COVID-19. Burial has taken place at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Craig Collins officiating. A memorial service will be held in Scottsbluff in the Spring of 2021. Online condolences may be made by viewing Betty’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff were entrusted with arrangements.
Betty, the middle child, was born August 29, 1927 in Pierre, SD to Edward and Hattie Amelia (Smith) Olson. After graduating from Pierre High School in 1945, where she played basketball (even though she was only 5’3” in heels), sang in the choir, and served on both the yearbook and newspaper staffs. Betty was employed by the Pierre Chamber of Commerce, the South Dakota State Highway Publicity Department, and later as secretary to the South Dakota Assistant Highway Engineer.
During WWII Betty’s brother, Dick, came home, towing with him a tall Kansan and fellow soldier. Betty married Walter Slansky on December 28, 1947 at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, after Walt completed his education in meteorology. He joined the US Weather Service and they lived in Goodland, KS and Denver, CO before transferring to Scottsbluff in November 1949 when the weather bureau was opened. Walt passed away on November 2, 1980.
Betty was a 75-year member of the United Methodist Church where she served as president of UMW. Betty was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 60 years, member of the Past Matrons Club, and served as Worthy Matron of Dome Rock Chapter #215, Scottsbluff, and later joined chapters in Gering and Mitchell. She was an honorary member of Jobs Daughters Bethel #10 where she served as Guardian and Guardian Secretary. Betty enjoyed those years as she mentored and mothered the girls. Betty also volunteered at the Platte Valley Museum and was a 50-year member of Wa-Han-Ka Extension Club, with many of her life-long friends.
A descendent of Mayflower passenger, William Brewster, Betty joined the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as Vice-Regent and editor of the Katahdin newsletter. She attended several state conferences with her daughter and granddaughter and they always had a great time. Betty was also a long-time member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Foreign Wars, Pierre, SD chapter and a lifetime member of the Thomas Stanton Society.
In August 1990 Betty moved to Northfield Villa in Gering, NE. She opened “The Little Store” which served the residents and staff at the Villa for several years. Betty was president of the Villa and Vista Residents’ Associations and a member of the Northfield Inc. Board of Directors, where she served as president. She was a relentless advocate for better wages for the Villa staff as well as improvements for the residents.
Betty was a go-getter. She made friends easily, she was a good listener, and she always tried to do her best. Betty believed that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm, and she brought enthusiasm to everything she did. Betty enjoyed travelling and visiting antique shops. She did quite a bit of both. She was a talented seamstress, bookkeeper, organizer, family scrap booker, and cook (her fried chicken, chocolate chip cookies, and beef pot roasts are family legends). Betty had a gentle sense of humor, she loved to laugh, and she loved chocolate and the color purple. Betty loved dogs and children (especially her grandchildren who called her “Gram”). But, most of all, Betty loved her family and friends. If you were her friend, you were indeed lucky.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Jane (John Richard) Robinson, Driftwood, TX, grandchildren Thomas Robinson (Megan Stritchko), Madison, WI and Laura Anne Robinson (Ryan Null), Wimberley, TX, and a special nephew, Randy Olson (Theresa), Scottsbluff, NE. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, her parents, three brothers (John, Richard, and Bernard), and one sister (Lois Thompson).
The family would like to thank Cody Bridgman and Pastor Craig for their care and compassion. You are both very much appreciated!
Betty’s passing has left a huge hole in our family and our hearts, and we will always miss her. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Scottsbluff, the Panhandle Humane Society, Scottsbluff, or a charity of your choice.
“It’s not what you’ve got, but what you give, that measures the worth of the life you live.”
Betty gave so much to so many and she never demanded anything in return. Hers was definately a life well-lived.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 1:30pm
    Fairview Cemetery
    North Fifth Avenue
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    Pastor Craig Collins
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    4109 5th Avenue
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Debra Kasza

Posted at 10:41pm
Randy and Family,
I know only meet you a time or so. Betty was an amazing lady. Loved talking with her all the time. She and her husband moved here and worked with some of my family members. The weatherman :). I really missed her after the job at the Vista. She will be forever in my heart. And very greatly missed.
God Bless Sincerely Deb Kasza

Brian Bonner

Posted at 11:19pm
My thoughts are with the family. I'm her second cousin (our Stanton grandmothers were sisters) and lived in Scottsbluff as a child. We would all hope that we could emulate her life of service and dedication.

Rick Stanton

Posted at 02:35pm
On behalf of The Thomas Stanton Society, our sincere condolences. -Rick Stanton

Elizabeth Kenyon

Posted at 11:41am
Sympathy to Betty's family. She and I were long-time friends through Job's Daughters and Eastern Star. In fact Betty insisted I stay with her when I was presiding at Job's Daughter state meeting in Scottsbluff in 1979, so I wouldn't have to drive from Mitchell each day -- that is a real friend.

Sam Engleman

Posted at 04:44pm
Theresa and Randy, I am sorry to hear of the passing of “Aunt”Betty. The short time I knew her, I knew she was special. I enjoyed visiting and spending time with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Sam Engleman

Tracie Andreas Laurent Posted at 08:47pm

Oh Betty! Thank you so much for everything you did for all of us with Job’s Daughters! You truly were the glue that held us all together! You sacrificed so much for all of us and I’ll be forever grateful for all of my experiences with you! Thanks for chaperoning countless trips and trying your best to keep us lady like! We love and will miss you! Thanks for everything!

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