Obit: Betty Broders


Betty Marie Broders, 88, of Stockton, Iowa died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. A visitation and funeral service was held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Durant on Oct. 26. Burial took place in the Durant Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in her memory to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or to Abe’s Garden Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center of Excellence in Nashville.

Betty was born in Eldridge on March 25, 1931, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Ketelsen) Oelerich.

Betty graduated from Davenport High School and married Alvin H. Broders on Feb. 23, 1952 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Davenport.

Betty and Alvin farmed the Broders family farm together for more than 50 years. She also worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. Carl Rowley and Dr. Eugene Collins. She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and the Durant Garden Club. Betty was also a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Purity Chapter, Wilton.

She enjoyed tending to her garden, her cats and her grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her three children, Laurie (Richard) Droll of Iowa City, Ed (Jennifer) Broders of Davenport, and Lynette Broders of Nashville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Wilma Pittsenbarger of Eldridge, Ruth Fenchel of Tacoma, Washington, and Nora Oelerich of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lois LaMarche, her brothers Ralph Oelerich and Melvin Oelerich, and her husband Alvin.