Services were Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Interment was at the Gosport Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in care of Legacy Lodge, Circle of Friends Home Care or the Melcher-Dallas Rescue Unit.
Betty Ann Bingham was born Feb. 14, 1932, to Evert and Olive (Godfrey) Bingham in rural Marion County. She was raised in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1952. While working at Schimdty's Donut Shop in Des Moines Betty met Jim Waters. They were married on Nov. 26, 1961, at the Dallas Christian Church. They were blessed with three children: Michele, Robert, and Darwin "Scott".
Jim and Betty made their home in Melcher-Dallas where they raised their children. She enjoyed children and ran a day care facility out of her home for 18 years touching many peoples' lives in the process. Betty was a wonderful mother, she was always involved in all her children's activities and loved to spend time with all her family especially her grandchildren who will remember being treated to her homemade cookies and candy.
Betty enjoyed her garden and canning and playing cards with her family. She will be remembered as feisty and spunky and maybe a little outspoken and strong willed. She was very involved in the community and especially liked to supply the Election Day cookies and also donated faithfully to the many blood drives.
Betty passed away Jan. 15, 2013, at the Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton at the age of 80 years. Preceding her in death were her parents: Evert and Olive; and her brother, Irvin Bingham.
Betty is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim Waters; children: Michele (Gaylon) Peterson of Cumming, Robert (Pam) Waters of Des Moines, and Darwin "Scott" (Tammy) Waters of Harvey; two grandchildren: Nick and Jack; and siblings: Barbara (Roger) Kelsheimer and Marvin (Fonda) Bingham. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.