Betty Irene Nelson Grimm of Crystal River, Florida passed January 14, 2021, while in Hospice in Lecanto, Florida. Betty was born July 13, 1945 in Galesburg, Illinois, and grew up on a small farm near North Henderson, Illinois. Her parents were Gladys Venlund Nelson and Ivan Nelson, both of whom have preceded her in death.
Betty’s education began at the one-room Prairie Flower School located a short walk from the family farm down a gravel road. One year later when the small school closed, she transferred to North Henderson. From there she went to Alexis where she graduated from high school in 1963. During these formative years, her spiritual up-bringing was at Zion Lutheran Church in North Henderson.
Betty always wanted to be a nurse, and after high school she began nurses training at the Augustana School of Nursing in Moline, Illinois. After she graduated, she enlisted in the Air Force to put her caring skills to work. An important part of her mission was to care for wounded soldiers while they were being flown from Vietnam back to the United States. There is a special place in heaven for nurses.
Nurses sometimes fall in love with their patients, and patients sometimes fall in love with their nurses. That is what happened to Betty and Burton Charles Grimm. They began their married life in 1971 in Saint Louis, and in 1978 they moved to North Henderson to be closer to Betty’s parents during their senior years.
Betty is survived by husband, Charles, and two daughters, Wendy Grimm of Spencer, Iowa, and Rebecca Grimm of Oakland, Florida. Betty was proud of her two grandchildren, Tricia and Kenny Grimes. She also leaves behind her brother Gene and sister-in-law Audrey in College Station, Texas.
Betty was always the nurse, caring for those around her. Her smile and laugh comforted those she helped. She enjoyed a good laugh, and her daughters always found ways to trigger that laughter.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held later. Memorial donations may be made to; Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box 75, North Henderson, IL 61466, VITAS Hospice, 255 East Fifth Street, Suite 1200, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (https://www.vitascommunityconnection.org/) Designate Citrus County, FL, in memory of Betty Grimm.
Charles Grimm’s address: 10770 N Northcut Avenue, #116, Crystal River, FL 34428
Posted online on March 01, 2021