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Betty J. Smiley

May 24, 1938 ~ August 26, 2019 (age 81)


Betty J. Smiley, 81 of Fort Atkinson, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at London Lodge of Cambridge.

Betty was born on May 24, 1938 in Kewaunee, IL, the daughter of John and Ruth Emma (McGuire) Smiley.  Betty and her family moved from Illinois in the 1940’s and she graduated from Whitewater High School in 1957.  In her youth, Betty helped her family on the farm and was employed at Opportunities Inc. of Fort Atkinson for 28 years as wood cutter.  Betty enjoyed putting puzzles together and collecting Betty Boop memorabilia.  She loved going out to eat and shopping.  She was known to make knit hats and other crafts and was an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packer fan.  Betty was a member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church of Fort Atkinson for the majority of her life.  She had a fun and sassy spirit and was happy person.  Betty Jean Smiley will be dearly missed.

She is survived by: her sister Barbara Smiley of Fort Atkinson; nephews Leroy (Kathy) Smiley of Fort Atkinson, John (Sandy) Taft of Elkhorn, and Wayne (Diane) Taft of Elkhorn; a number of other nieces, nephews, and relatives; and special friend Julie Eggleson of Fort Atkinson.  Betty is also survived by many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings John Edward, Margaret (Terry) Smith, and Peter in infancy.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.  She will be buried at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater.

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Whitewater, WI

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