Surrounded by family, Betty Marie (Weaver) Anderson, 78 of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on January 18, 2012, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in a blizzard on December 4, 1933, at the Weaver homestead near Crow Peak to Almer and Inez Weaver. She took on life with the same ideals as she was taught as a child during the depression; no matter what the circumstances are, we endure.
Betty attended school in Spearfish where she graduated in 1952. She later attended Black Hills State College where she graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and Speech. She was involved in theater productions and notably played the role of Calamity Jane during her college years. Betty taught in Bayard, Nebraska; Hulett, Wyoming; St. John, Arizona; Midland, South Dakota, and three years in Australia. Upon returning to the United States from Australia, Betty received her Master’s in Education from BHSC in 1978 and continued at BHSC as the Director of the Academic Skills Center during which time she received a National Award for Excellence. Twice she was voted outstanding faculty of the year by the student body. She worked at BHSC for 21 years ending her career as a collections specialist in the Case Historical Library.
Betty’s greatest loves were her family, friends, pets, her 1884 Victorian home with its majestic gardens, as well as politics and historical preservation of Spearfish. Betty was not a teacher; she was an educator. She was able to bring out an individual’s talent and somehow make her students and those around her be their best.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Almer and Inez Weaver; brothers, Clyde and Tead Weaver; husband, Jean Anderson; and granddaughter, Dakota Anderson. Survivors include sister, Colleen; sons, Gregg, Scott, Sam (Becky), Todd (Zelda), Sven (Marsha); daughter, Angie; grandchildren, Seth, Harmony, Leah, Kylie, Ryther, LeeAnne, Nick, Lucas, Carolina, Michael, Chris, Paul, Brian, Michelle; three great grandchildren, her special puppy Mandy and many dear friends.
Memorial Services were Monday, January 23, 2012, at the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish with supper following at the Snapper Club in Spearfish Park. A memorial has been established to benefit Hospice.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.