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Betty J. (Herrman) Martell

June 7, 1935 ~ September 1, 2020 (age 85)


Betty J. Martell

Betty J. Martell, 85, Hays, died Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Abilene.

She was born June 7, 1935 in LaCrosse, Kansas the daughter of Stephan and Anna (Kreutzer) Herrman.  On January 12, 1954 she was united in marriage to Kendall E. Martell in LaCrosse, and they were married 41 years before he preceded her in death on March 8, 1995.  Betty worked at Hadley Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  She was a volunteer with the Senior Companion program for many years, loved to read, and made cross-stitch quilts for each of her children and grandchildren.  

Survivors include a son; Brad Martell and wife Lillian of Bettendorf, IA, a daughter; Debbie Bielefeld and husband Gene of Abilene, a brother; Stephen Herrman and wife Caroleen of Hayward, CA, a sister; Frances Holopirek of Timken, a brother-in-law; Lawrence Munsch of Cheyenne Wells, CO, a sister-in-law; Eunice Dinkel of Garden City, five grandchildren; Ryan Bielefeld of Overland Park, Kelly Bielefeld and wife Angie of Clearwater, Darcy Doege and husband Kent of Indian Trail, NC, and Nate Martell and Bria Martell, both of Bettendorf, IA, and 11 great grandchildren; Maggie, Corrigan, Gus, Max, Felicity, Charlotte, PJ., and Theo Bielefeld and Hadley, Henry, and Coen Doege.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Kendall, a son; Eldon Martell, and ten brothers and sisters.

Private graveside services will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, with Fr. Terry Klein officiating.  Memorials are suggested to the Senior Companion Program, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.  Condolences and memories of Betty may be shared with the family at


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