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Betty Greenough

May 6, 1919-March 18, 2012

Bessie Greenough, better known as Betty, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Cottages of the Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes.

Betty was born May 6, 1919 and grew up in Madelia, Minn., the only surviving child of George and Kathryn Hill. Betty attended Hamline University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in business. While there she met Frank Greenough. They were married just before he was drafted for World War II.

After the war Frank began a career as a traveling salesman for pharmaceuticals, and Betty managed the home front and several moves for many years. She got involved in each new community through church organizations, and bridge, garden and investment clubs.

In 1973 they took an early retirement and settled in Detroit Lakes, where they purchased the Birch Bark Gift Store, which they ran until 1984. They lived for 35 years in the home they built on Lake 6 in the Vergas area, where they cared for the quality of the lake, watched loons and planted a forest.

They shared their love of travel with the community through slide shows of their trips to the Galapagos and Costa Rica.

Betty was an involved member of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church family. In later years she decorated heritage hand-knit Christmas stockings sold by the church. Betty was an avid reader and gardener. One of her greatest joys was the deep friendships she made, which lasted throughout her life.

Betty had been living in the Cottages in the Emmanuel Community for 3½ years, since the death of Frank. Her family is grateful for the loving care she received there.

Surviving Betty are daughter Mary (Tom) Darnall; son Bruce Greenough; grandchildren Kyle (Kristin) Darnall, Tara (Randy) Roth, Shelby and Rylie Greenough; and great-grandsons Caleb and Jonah Darnall.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9 in St. Luke's Episcopal Church. A visitation with family and friends will be held in the parish hall at 1 p.m.

Memorials are preferred, to St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Detroit Lakes or to the Minnesota Nature Conservancy.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online tributes may be left at