A. Bette Haney, 93

Published 7:01 am Sunday, January 8, 2017

A. Bette Haney (born Alice Elizabeth Barr), 93, of Lyle, Minnesota, died peacefully at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.



She was born March 21, 1923, in Wykoff, Minnesota, to Robert and Luella Barr. Bette grew up and attended school in Wykoff before moving to Minneapolis to work. During this time, she studied at MacPhail Center for Music in East Minneapolis, where her final recital piece was recorded on vinyl. She had a lovely first soprano voice. Bette enjoyed the single life until age 34, when a young Air Force sergeant sat down next to her on a fateful Greyhound bus trip in 1957. On Nov. 25 of that same year, after a very short courtship, she was united in marriage to William H. Haney in Omaha, Neb. The couple lived in Cape Cod and various other military towns while Bill was in the service, and Bette cared for their three children alone when Bill was stationed out of the country.  Bill retired from the service in the mid-1960s, when the family moved to the Kasson/Mantorville, Minnesota area until their final move to Lyle.

Bette never stopped singing right up to the very end of her life, always serving as a soloist in church, an active member in church and community choirs, and all day long as she worked around the house. She was still singing the week before she went to be with the Lord. She was a key member of the Lyle Christian and Missionary Alliance Church for over 30 years, where she faithfully served and attended with her family. Bette will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

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Bette is survived by her husband, William Haney of Austin, Minnesota; sons, William (Louise) Haney of Boerne, Texas, and John (Bonnie) Haney of Waseca, Minnesota; her daughter, Sandra (Daniel) Adler of Maple Grove, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Danielle, Thomas, Lauren, Ben, and Caitlin; her siblings, Jean Barr, Roberta Stanton, Dale Barr, Sandy Reichel, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Faith Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Mike Sager officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Haney family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.