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1934 Betty 2021

Betty Klemens

March 23, 1934 — May 29, 2021

Betty Lou Klemens, 87, of Littlerock, CA, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Piedmont-Fayette Hospital, Fayetteville, GA. She had moved to Griffin, GA just a few weeks ago to live with family there and passed away quite unexpectedly after a brief illness.

Betty Lou was born in Crookston, MN on March 23, 1934 to Floyd and Lulu (Fleming) Morlan. She grew up as a member of the Church of Christ and received her education in Crookston schools, graduating from Central High School with the Class of 1952.  In 1954 Betty Lou married John Niemann and they lived in Las Vegas, Crookston, and Chicago. She was later united in marriage to Joseph Muscato in Chicago. Sadly, Joe passed away in 1977. In April of 1978 Betty Lou and Robert H. Klemens exchanged vows in LaGrange, IL. The couple then moved to Canyon Country CA, where she attended College of the Canyons earning a Criminal Justice degree in 1982. Next came a move to Littlerock, CA. During her working career Betty Lou was employed as a police matron and radio dispatcher, but her favorite roles in life were always Mother and Nana.

Betty Lou remained a member of the Church of Christ in Crookston and had attended the First Baptist Church in Las Vegas. She also held membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an avid reader, a generous supporter of several charities, and loved to send cards for all occasions to her family and friends. Strangers Betty Lou met became instant friends. She loved her family unconditionally and with all her heart and will be deeply missed by everyone who was a part of her life.

Betty Lou leaves her children: John (Brenda) Niemann of Griffin, GA, Sherry Lou Evitts of Crookston, MN, Linda (Marty) Dobbs of Griffin, Mary (Alan) Buffington of Littlerock, CA, Mark (Jennifer) Klemens of Bemidji, MN, Sherry Lynn (John) Petterson of Castaic, CA, Sally Lynn Mulroy of Jacksonville, FL, and Bobby (LuAnn) Klemens of PA; daughter-in-law, Mary Tuck of Pearblossom, CA; 33 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Taus and sister-in-law, Mayzelle Morlan, both of Bemidji; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Klemens; sons, David S. and Mark R. Niemann; John E. Niemann, the father of their children; husband, Joseph Muscato; step-son, Joey Muscato; parents, Floyd and Lulu Morlan; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ed and Marie Morlan, and Robert and Rosalie Morlan; brother, Richard Morlan; brothers-in-law, George Taus and Chuck Mulroy; and nephews: Denis Taus, Paul Morlan, and Steven Morlan. Blessed be the memory of Betty Lou Klemens.

The funeral service for Betty Lou Klemens will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 11, 2021, in the Church of Christ, 321 5th Avenue South, Crookston, with Pastor David Johnson, officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the time of the service. The funeral will be livestreamed by logging on to 5 minutes before the scheduled start, going to the bottom of Betty Lou’s obituary page, and clicking on the prompt to watch. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, MN, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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