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SKAGE, Betty
SKAGE, Betty Words cannot express our sadness in saying goodbye to Betty Skage who passed away on Oct. 24, 2015. Betty's patient and loving soul came into this world on June 7, 1928, in Webster, S.D. The oldest daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Nordquist, she grew up with her sisters Joy, Dorothy and Ruth. While Betty was a teenager the family moved to Toronto, S. D. where she worked with her mother at the telephone exchange. She was the valedictorian of her both her junior high and high school classes. She attended Dakota State University until returning home to help the family following an injury sustained by her father. Betty worked at the Bank of Toronto until her marriage to Wallace Skage in 1951. Betty and Wallace moved many times during Wallace's early career with General Electric. Their last move brought them to Lancaster in 1962 where they raised their children, Carol and Duane. Betty worked at Sunnydale School for nearly 20 years, first as a volunteer instructional aid and then as the school's librarian. She generously shared her love of learning and reading with both the teachers and students there. Betty was active in church throughout her life. Betty and Wallace were always in 'their seats' on Sunday morning. Betty formed deep friendships in her Mary Martha Bible Study group and for over 20 years she enjoyed meeting weekly with the Braille Workers group making books of the Bible and Bible workbooks. Betty and Wallace were active in the Rotary for many years and traveled extensively in their retirement years. No trips were enjoyed more than those to Florida where they spent time with their four grandsons. Betty was deeply loved and will be missed by many, including her husband Wallace, daughter Carol Eastin (Ron), son Duane Skage (Joy), grandsons Joe Skage, Greg Skage, Scott Skage and John Skage, sister Dorothy Palmer (Don), sister-in-law Hildegarde Krumm, two nieces, five nephews, and her friends. Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 856 W. Newgrove, Lancaster, Calif. on Sat., Nov. 7 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Toronto Cemetery Assn., 19425 475th Ave., Toronto, S.D. 57268. Betty will be laid to rest in this cemetery in the town that was home in her heart. We celebrate the promise of Christ that we will see Betty again in heaven.

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