Betty Lou (Keller) Rupp, age 87 of Westbrook, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, February 20 at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 pm Sunday at the Westbrook Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial is in Rose Hill Mennonite Cemetery, rural Westbrook. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty Lou (Keller) Rupp was born June 24, 1929 on the family farm near Dovray, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Dovray. Betty graduated from Westbrook High School and furthered her education at Mankato State University receiving a teaching degree. On June 24, 1950 (Betty’s birthday) she married Reuben E. Rupp at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Dovray. They were blessed with two children, Cindy Lee and David Reuben. They lived and farmed the family farm south of Westbrook for thirty-seven years until Reuben’s passing in 1997, at which time Betty moved to Westbrook. For many years, Betty enjoyed giving piano lessons, mentoring confirmation students, teaching Sunday School, and playing the church organ. She was a church organist for over fifty-five years. Betty was very active in her church and shared her time and talents accordingly. Betty also took great joy in owning her own “gift shop” called Betty’s Gift Shop for close to forty years, selling all types of gifts for all occasions and visiting with her customers. Betty loved to visit with anyone and everyone. In the fall of 2014, even with brother Terry’s loving help, Betty could no longer take care of herself and was admitted to the Good Samaritan Care Center in Westbrook where she remained until she quietly passed away on Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017. On Tuesday evening, February 14, she was surrounded by family.
Betty is survived by her brother Terrence Keller of Dovray; sister Eunice Christensen of Des Moines, IA; daughter Cindy (Steven) Rupp of Mankato; son David (Sydney) Rupp of Windom; grandchildren: Christopher, Adam (Ericha), Tristin (special friend Martin), Jason (Jenny), Lisa (Lee), and Nicole (Coby); great grandchildren: Trevor, Kammeron, Lincoln, Nevaeh, Peyton, Kaleah, Paizley, Adelynne, Audrey, and Cerise; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Holger and Gladys Keller, husband Reuben E. Rupp, brothers-in-law Ronald Christensen and Irwin Rupp, and sisters-in-law Anna (Alfred) Spielman and Irma (Clifford) Bruning. Blessed be her memory.