Betty J. Pallas of Delta died Sept. 4, 2015, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Delta. She was 90.
She was born on the family farm in Walthill, Neb., Oct. 11, 1924, the sixth of eight children born to Frank and Viola Sherwood. She enjoyed farm life but always noted that "it was a lot of hard work!"
She attended Dana College in Blair, Neb., and graduated from Wayne State Teacher's College in Wayne, Neb., in 1942.
Mrs. Pallas experienced many challenges with her first job teaching grades 1-8 in a one-room schoolhouse in Decatur, Neb. She taught for one year in Decatur and two years at the Winnebago Reservation government school. In 1943 she moved to Thurston, Neb., a predominantly Czechoslovakian community, where she taught for three years. It was while in Thurston that she met her future husband, Edwin Pallas, in 1946. Following Edwin's deployment to Japan, he returned home and they were married on June 20, 1948. They had a son, Larry, and a daughter, JoAnn, while living in Thurston, Neb.
In 1958 the family moved to Ames, Iowa, where Mrs. Pallas supported the family as a film editor for WOI-TV while Ed attended college at Iowa State University. Following his graduation in 1963, they moved to Denver. After a year they moved to Colorado Springs where they lived for 43 years. They moved to Delta in 2006 to be closer to their son and daughter.
Mrs. Pallas enjoyed music, reading, animals and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Ed; and their son, Larry.
Mrs. Pallas is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Lewis of Delta; a granddaughter, Lara Janiszewski of Longmont; a grandson, Edward Lewis of Denver; and her younger brother, Amos Sherwood of San Marcos, Calif.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.