Bertha “Betty” Magdelene Willits, 97, of North Platte passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Betty was born Oct. 22, 1920 in Sutton to Edward and Anna (Rotter) Wachter. She graduated from Geneva High School in 1938 and was married to Dick Rea at Camp Crowder, Mo. in 1942. Together they had five children: Richard, Dennis, Mary, Steven, and Michael. Dick passed away in 1981.
In 1985, Betty married Lynn Willits in Goodyear, Ariz.
She was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, a member of Holy Spirit Rosary Group, and enjoyed her volunteer work at the Great Plains Hospital gift shop, the food pantry and the church. She was an excellent cook and her fresh peach pie was a family favorite.
She played the organ and enjoyed crocheting, playing golf and spending time with her grandchildren and watching their events.
Betty is survived by her husband, Lynn of North Platte; children, Dennis (Ginger) Rea of Huntersville, N.C., Mary (Bob) Trujillo of Avondale, Ariz., Steven (Carol) Rea of North Platte, and Mike (Dicki) Rea of Grand Island; stepsons, Tom (Anne) Willits of Denver, Colo., Jim (Martha) Willits of Loveland, Colo., and Bob (Colleen) Willits of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Steven Rea, Billy Purden, Autumn Carter, Nino Butierres, Troy (Britt) Rea, Heather Shaw, Laurie Courtney, Julie (fiancé, Mark) Courtney, Jenny (Steve) Olson, Chris (Crystal) Rea, Brian (Erin) Rea, Greg (fiancée Lisa) Rea, Kim (Nate) Heard, Kelly (Rob) Vaira, and Katie (Daniel) Dale; 28 great grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; step grandchildren, Collette (Sheridan) Sauer, Mike (Laura) Willits, Jeff Willits, Julie (Jason) Gosnell, Mark (Jenny) Willits, Jenny (Pat) Bianca, Kelly (Jeremy) Kamarad, John (Erin) Willits, and Beth (Matt) Farwell; 11 step great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mary Rea; sister, Jeanette Roth; brother, Joseph (Mary) Wachter; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick Rea; son, Richard Rea; great granddaughter, Adelyn Rea; brothers, Robert and William; and sister, LaVern Roth.
Christian Wake Services will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Hunt as celebrant and Deacon Michael Davis assisting. Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to Holy Spirit Catholic Church and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.