Betty Stanwaity passed into the joyful presence of the Lord on March 3, 2016. She was 91 years old.
Of Russian descent, Betty was born to Marshall and Ethel Blye on November 9, 1924 in Garland, Kansas. As a child, her family moved to a farm near Deerfield, Missouri. Though she lived in Powell for 70 years, she would always claim her Missouri roots as home. She attended high school in neighboring Nevada, Missouri.
While a teen, she met Clyde Stanwaity of Powell, Wyoming when he came to visit his relatives. Clyde served in the Army Searchlight Battalion but came to visit Betty on his furloughs. They were married on October 28, 1945 when he was discharged. The couple moved to Powell, and Betty lived in their home for over 65 years on South Ferris Street.
The defining moment of Bettyâ€™s life came when she met Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. In him, she found forgiveness, hope, and a purpose that would occupy her for the rest of her life. She joined First Baptist Church in Powell, where she was a member for 63 years. Betty gave herself to childrenâ€™s ministry, serving in Vacation Bible Schools and teaching Sunday School for 30 years. She was also an avid supporter of the local Child Evangelism Fellowship childrenâ€™s ministry.
Betty loved the Lord Jesus, she loved the Bible, and she loved her church family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Ethel Blye, her husband Clyde Stanwaity, and her brother Harold Blye. She is survived by her nieces, Linda (Bif) Beck of Cody and Bonnie Beall of Casper.
Services for Betty were held on Monday, March 7th at First Baptist Church.
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