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Betty C. Crocker, 75, of Park Rapids, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in her home.

Betty Claire Crocker was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Wing River Township, the daughter of Floyd and Evelyn (Billington) Johnson.

Betty grew up on a farm near Wadena. She attended Wadena County District 14 country school and then Wadena High School, where she graduated in 1956.

She was united in marriage to James L. Crocker Feb. 7, 1959 in Blue Grass. She was married to Jim for 54 years and raised three children; Scott, Terry and Sandy.

She enjoyed camping many summer's with friends and family at Camper's Paradise, on Lake Belle Taine. Betty and Jim enjoyed traveling, including a trip to Alaska to celebrate their 50th anniversary, seeing Europe and most recently visiting relatives in Iowa and Texas.

Perhaps her favorite role was that of grandmother to Taylor, Brittany, Heather, Katelyn, Eric, Jordan, Marie and Destiny. Betty enjoyed having the grandchildren spend special time that included pontoon rides and campfires at the lake.

Among her favorite hobbies was photography that was centered on preserving old pictures of relatives and ancestors, and capturing pictures of her children and grandchildren for future memories. She prepared special albums for each of the children and grandchildren for their graduations and displayed photographs of family throughout the house.

She became an avid football fan; Stanford and the Vikings her favorite teams and would talk to grandson Jordan each week to decide which teams would win their games.

Betty loved Christmas time and enjoyed sending and receiving Christmas Cards, and decorating the home (remembering everyone's favorite decorations) for the holidays. Most of all she loved having the family together and making the time special for all. We remember and cherish the memory of her kindness, selflessness and love for us.

She is survived by her spouse, James L. Crocker of Park Rapids; two sons, Scott (Shali) Crocker of Albertville and Terry Crocker of Palmer, Alaska; daughter, Sandra (Mike) McVay of Eagan; eight grandchildren; her siblings, Charles (Patricia) Johnson of Wadena, Linda (Les) Horsager of Park Rapids, Peggy (Tom) Ament of Bluffton, Susan Johnson of Park Rapids, Becky (Steve) Pierson of Sebeka, Steve Johnson of Sebeka and Cathy Johnson of Perham; mother-in-law, Emily Crocker of Verndale; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Floyd Johnson.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Bethany Lutheran Church, in Bluegrass. Pastor Adam Osier will officiate.

Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Bluegrass, and also one hour prior to the services.

In memory of Betty and her struggle against diabetes we would like to suggest a donation be made to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers or gifts.

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