Obituaries: Betty Lou Eastman-Oldfield

BLOOMFIELD-Betty Lou Eastman-Oldfield, 80, of the  Bloomfield/Ottumwa area, died at 4:49 p.m. May 14, 2019 at home.

She was born August 10, 1938 in Montezuma, IA to Rev. Arthur and Ruth Eastman.  She attended grade school in Bloomfield, IA, Junior High in Marengo, IA and High School in Pulaski, IA.

At the beginning of Betty’s senior year, her father died.  Betty and her mother moved to Cedar Rapids, IA where she graduated from McKinley High School.  While living in Marengo and Pulaski, she worked at the local newspaper offices.  After high school, she moved to Denver, CO and worked for Time Ins. Co.  After deciding she didn’t like the big city of Denver, she moved back to Ottumwa to her mother’s home.  She worked at F.W. Woolworth.

Betty married Daniel Oldfield on June 28, 1959 and they enjoyed almost 60 wonderful years together.  Betty went from a minister’s daughter to a farm wife and it didn’t take long for her to learn to love working with the livestock.

For 18 years she was a Girl Scout leader.  She took her troop on many trips such as Chicago, St. Louis and Hannibal.  She was the craft show director for the YWCA for 15 years.  Betty really enjoyed working with P. Buckley Moss when she was in town. She helped 9 different organizations put together a cook book.  Betty enjoyed making crafts, knitting, crocheting, but her favorite was making quilts.  She was a member of several quilt guilds in Iowa and Texas.

Dan and Betty had a second home in Texas and spent 16 wonderful winters there.  It was like another home.  They had a lot of friends that were down there every year.

Betty was such a loving person.  She had the most wonderful smile and she made everyone feel special.  She was devoted to her family and loved them very much.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Betty’s family includes her husband of 60 years, Daniel Oldfield; daughter, Carol (Larry) Oldfield-White of Bloomfield; son, Michael (Cheryl) Oldfield of Sioux Falls, SD; two granddaughters, Nicole (Blake) Irwin of Eldon and Amanda White of Des Moines; a wonderful great-granddaughter, Laci Irwin; and a brother, Arthur Eastman of Las Vegas, NV.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters, Miriam Allgar, Ruthie Eastman and Patricia Thompkins.

Her body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Bryan Wyldes officiating.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society-Hospice.