Donna L. Betts | Obituary


KEOKUK – Donna L. Betts, 81, of Keokuk, died Friday, February 11, 2022 at her home.

She was born on March 27, 1940 in Keokuk, daughter of Myron A. and Cecil M. (Summers) Davis.

She graduated from Keokuk Senior High School with the class of 1958.

On December 27, 1959, Donna married Louis E. Betts Jr. He survives.

Donna was a staunch member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Keokuk and was also an active member of the church’s Christian Woman’s Fellowship. She had been a member of Rainbow Girls as a teenager.

Donna had worked in retail and retired as a facilities manager at Keokuk Savings Bank in Keokuk. She was a people person and enjoyed her job working with her colleagues and clients.

She enjoyed working in her garden and tending to the yard. Donna was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is also survived by her son Gary L. Betts (Alma) of Keokuk; his daughter Deborah S. Hosemann of Hoover, Alabama; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law Jack Betts of Keokuk; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Lori Ann Betts; a son-in-law Paul Hosemann; two sisters Betty McKinley and Myra Gates; and a brother Richard Davis.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Keokuk, with the Reverend David Turner officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Keokuk National Cemetery. The memorial service will be streamed live and can be viewed on the First Christian Church’s Facebook page.

Visitation will be on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the church, with family gathering with friends at that time.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the PAW animal shelter, or the Disciples of Christ of the First Christian Church.

Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk is helping the family make arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent to family at


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