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Betty Jean Stoner

July 27, 1931 — September 27, 2021

Betty Jean (Grubbs) Stoner, 90, of Grand Island, NE passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021, at Primrose Retirement Community. Funeral service will be 1 PM on Friday, October 1, 2021, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island with Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial will follow in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Thursday at Apfel Funeral Home.

Betty was born July 27, 1931 in Grand Island, NE to Alfred W. and Eva (Sims) Grubbs. Betty was the third of five born to this union of marriage. She attended Lincoln Elementary School, Walnut Junior High and Grand Island Senior High.

Her father, Alfred Grubbs, played many musical instruments and the family enjoyed listening to their father play at dances in Grand Island in the early years of their childhood.

Betty began working at Fairmont Foods in Grand Island and developed a lifelong friendship with many of her co-workers. Betty then worked at the Army Ammunition plant in Grand Island where she met the love of her life, Cecil Stoner. Betty worked during the Korean War and also went back during the Vietnam War providing a service to her country. Betty and Cecil married on May 27, 1953 in Omaha, NE. To this union was born eight children: Fr. Timothy Stoner, Trudy (Larry) Jeratowski, Linda (Jeff) Damratowski, Jerry Stoner, Marcia (Darrel) Stehlik, Craig (Paula) Stoner, Michelle (Tom) Harders and Kristen Stoner.

Betty worked various jobs throughout her lifetime but especially enjoyed floral designing while working at Snow’s Floral. Betty also enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and reading. Betty was the caregiver for Marion Williams and Evelyn Desch (schoolteachers for her children from Lincoln Elementary) for 25 years, as well as, caring for her husband during his years of declining health. After Cecil passed away in 2016, Betty moved to Primrose Retirement Community. Betty established new friendships and enjoyed meeting new residents and making them feel at home. She ways had a open door to her apartment welcoming friends and family.

Betty was a long time member of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Betty is survived by her children and their spouses, (11) grandchildren, (2) great grandchildren and one arriving in November; one brother, LaVern (Jan) Grubbs, sisters-in-law, Louise Armstrong and Dianne Grubbs, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cecil, her daughter Kristen, a grandson, Jacob Harders, a brother and two sisters. ​

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