Betty passed away peacefully at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center on March 24, 2013. She was born to George and Inga (Endreson) Peterson on a farm near Barrett, Minn., on Jan. 26, 1928, and grew up during the “Dust Bowl” years of the 1930s. During their tough times, Betty was sometimes farmed out to others to help with family finances. She graduated from Barrett High School in 1946 with a class of 13 girls, three of whom were named Betty Lou. Her teacher decided to give the three girls different names to tell them apart so Betty was known as “Pete,” short for Peterson, her maiden name.
Betty married into the Laager family on April 12, 1947. She began rearing her family of eight kids in 1948, four girls and four boys. She claims she never had “labor pains” while birthing her children. The pains and joys came during their rearing years. She loved babies and claims she gets to rock babies in Heaven.
Following the death of her husband in 1993, she moved to Walla Walla to be near her youngest child, Holly. It was in Walla Walla that she met Jerry Eyestone at the Blue Mountain Community Church. They were married in July 1999. Together, they have hosted the senior group known as the SAM fellowship until this year.
She is survived by her husband; two sisters, Peggy Rhoades of Helena, Mont., and Esther Schustrick of Lancaster, Mont.; a brother, Pete and wife Jessie Peterson of Banning, Calif. She is also survived by her eight children, Connie Branum of Sterling City, Calif., Lon Laager of Pelican Rapids, Minn., Pam Laager, Merrill Laager and Robin Laager of Grand Forks, N.D., Scott and wife Sherri Laager of Rochester, Wash., Robert Laager Jr. of Los Angeles, and Holly Laager of Redmond, Ore.; 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Blue Mountain Community Church with Rev. Jim Snyder officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Aid Center, Blue Mountain Community Church or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Family and friends are invited to sign the online
guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.