Betty Stark

Betty Stark

Betty (Piddington) Stark, 80, a lifelong resident of Platteville, made her journey to her heavenly home, peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends, on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Southwest Health Center Hospital, Platteville.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2014 at First English Lutheran Church, Platteville. Rev. Michael Short will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at First English Lutheran Church, or from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Betty Stark Memorial Fund.

The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is assisting the family.

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Betty was born on August 5, 1934 in Platteville, the daughter of Virgil and Belle (Thomas) Piddington. She was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Platteville High School. Betty went on to work at the Burgess Battery Factory, Montgomery Wards, J&B Café, and then retired from Consumers Oil after 28 years of service. When Betty retired, she became a volunteer at the Platteville Senior Center. This was her favorite place to be. She played cards and Bingo with the many friends she made there.

Betty enjoyed traveling and visited many wonderful places with family and friends; including, Germany, Switzerland, and Hawaii (four times), and went on a Caribbean Cruise. She also took several trips in the US to vacation attractions, and her favorite destination which she visited numerous times, Branson, MO. If there was a vehicle going somewhere, mom was good to go!

In 2013 she decided to reside at Epione Pavillion in Cuba City. She brought her sizzling personality to share with all the residents there. She made many new friends and caught up with some old friends. She enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, putting puzzles together, and her favorite, Wii bowling. The staff at Epione took excellent care of her.

Betty was a devoted daughter and sister, an excellent friend, and most of all, a loving and dedicated mother. She is survived by two daughters, Pam Stark of Platteville; Terry Benn of Hazel Green; son, Dennis (Jayne) Stark of Platteville; five grandchildren, Travis Benn, Christine Benn, Korrin Stark, Amie Stark, and Michael Stark; three great-grandchildren, Zoey Benn, Adelyn Meyers and Evelyn Meyers; two sisters-in-law, Donna Brooks and Helen Piddington; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mina McGuire; brothers, Percy, Dean, Leon, Dale, and Maynard; brother-in-law, Chas McGuire; sisters-in-law, Vera Piddington, Ruth Piddington, and Kathy Piddington.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to the nurses, who took care of Betty, and made her final journey comfortable. Also, a genuine Thank you to Dr. Carr for his excellent care given to Betty. With her many trips to the SWHC she received the best care possible. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.