On Monday, June 27, 2016, Betty Catherine Arnett, age 94, of North Platte, formerly of Hershey, NE, passed away unexpectedly at Great Plains Health. Betty is together again with her loving husband, Charles, who died just 10 weeks ago.
Betty was born May 9, 1922, to John Vose and Naomi Laverne Dowhower Diener at North Platte where she grew up. Betty graduated from North Platte High School in 1940 then attended Kearney State Teachers College. After receiving her teaching certificate, Betty taught country school for a year.
On September 12, 1942, Betty was united in marriage to Charles Albert Arnett at North Platte. They lived in Platte Valley then moved to a farm northwest of Hershey until 1978 when they moved to Lake Maloney. Betty and Charles were always together and enjoyed 73 years of marriage.
Betty was an active member of the Hershey United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, made ice cream for church activities and baked rolls for the UMW when needed. Betty enjoyed appliqué quilting and loved tending to her flower gardens and doing ceramics, especially making nativity sets. She also loved dancing, bowling on leagues and playing cards on Mondays.
Betty is survived by her children, C. William ‘Bill’ (Donna) Arnett, of North Platte, Alan (Georgena) Arnett, of Loveland, CO, Robert ‘Bob’ (Kathy) Arnett, of Hershey and Ann (Jerry) Ollo, of Houston, TX; 9 grandchildren, Jon (Sherri) Arnett, of Bennington, NE, Jennifer (Chad) Monie, of North Platte, Christopher (Katey) Arnett, of Dallas, TX, Casey (Lindsay) Arnett, of Loveland, CO, Stephanie (Chad) Russell, of Gretna, NE, Bobbi (Cory) Rosenblad, of Elkhorn, NE, Rachel (Trampas) Belknap, of Hay Springs, NE, Carson (Carly) Arnett, of Hershey and Lauren Arnett, of Kearney, NE; 19 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ryan, Samuel and Cade Arnett, Josh and Anna Monie, Sydney, Cole and Georgia Kate Arnett, Emma and Avery Arnett, Noah, Keanan, Owen, Liam and Evie Russell, Jace Rosenblad and Jaycek and Presley Belknap; sister-in-law, Mildred McTiernan, of Denver, CO; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family.
Along with her husband, Charles, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John and Naomi Diener; brothers, Harlan Diener and Richard Diener; sisters-in-law, Leola Diener, Virginia Diener and Pat Colvin; brothers-in-law, Jim McTiernan and Ray Colvin; and nephews, Mickey Diener and Jim DeBell.
Cremation was chosen. A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Hershey United Methodist Church. Private family inurnment will be in the Riverside Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Hershey United Methodist Church or Hershey Senior Center.