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OBIT: Betty Mae Gildersleeve

Betty M. Gildersleeve, 75, of Mason City died Tuesday (December 14, 2021) at her home in Mason City.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held from 1 to 3 pm Friday (December 31, 2021) at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City.

Memorials may be given to the following charities that Betty supported: Ronald McDonald House-Rochester, Minnesota; Court Appointed State Advocates; Toys for Tots: or University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital- Iowa City.

Betty Mae Gildersleeve was born December 2, 1946 at Minot, North Dakota, a daughter of Charles and Alice (Shaughnessy) Rask.

Spending time with her family was always a priority for Betty. She proudly enjoyed supporting her grandchildren, by attending their various activities and sporting events. She exercised her creative gifts by quilting, and making lefse. Betty had a giving nature, as she supported several charities that benefitted children. Betty loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping.

She was a member of the Girl Scouts and was a proud supporter of the Frazee, Minnesota Wrestling Booster Club.

Betty is survived by, two daughters, Andrea Rawlings, Brainerd, MN, Diane (Roy) Flores, Mason City; two sons, John (Yvonne) Gildersleeve, Frazee, MN, Tom Gildersleeve, Mason City. Eight grandchildren, Five great-grandchildren; Sister, Shirley Robbins, Calif.; Brother, Charles Rask, Calif; nieces, nephews, and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Verdella Rask; and a brother, Meryl Rask.

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