Betty A. Maxwell, 77, of Huron, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. 

Her funeral service was held  on Monday, June 5, at Welter Funeral Home, with burial that followed at Crow Lake-Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Wessington Springs. Visitation was on Sunday, June 4, at Welter Funeral Home, with a prayer service.

Betty was born on Oct. 11, 1945, to Charles Allen and Sylvia (Kolousek) Maxwell in Wessington Springs at the Ester de Youngs Hospital. She grew up in Wessington Springs and graduated in 1964. Betty met Wayne Walker when she was in the ninth grade. They later married on Nov. 15, 1964. To this union, twin daughters Karen and Kathleen were born. Betty worked at St. John’s Hospital in Huron for several years as a nurses’ aide. Wayne and Betty later divorced in 1974. Betty lived in Huron and worked at the Hickory House. In 1980, Betty moved to Washington state and worked as a restorative aide in the physical therapy department of a nursing home in Auburn, Wash.While living in Washington, Betty went to school at Bates Tech College and became an LPN. She then worked home health care.

Betty moved to Oxnard, Calif., with her brother, Jake, and eventually moved back to South Dakota. She worked as a foster grandma at M & M Daycare for several years. She was known as Grandma Betty and enjoyed rocking the babies to sleep. She also enjoyed spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She liked to play cards, go to coffee with friends, and embroidery.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her twin daughters, Karen (Dean) Hougland of Mitchell and Kathleen (Foster) Knudson of Huron; her five grandchildren, including Jordan Von Eye of Woonsocket; three step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren; three “adopted” great-grandchildren; her siblings, Bernie (Cherie) Maxwell of Wessington Springs, Ronnie Maxwell of Pierre, Marilyn Maxwell of Washington, Wayne (Lynda) Salathe of Hampton, Va., Jake (Jane) Salathe of Huron, and Cindy Jarvis of Spearfish; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Allen Maxwell and Sylvia and Kenneth Salathe; and sister-in-law, Judy Maxwell.

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