Bette Lou Smith (Thrailkill)
Aug. 11, 1921 — Sept. 26, 2016
Bette Lou (Thrailkill) Smith, 95, of Holmen, passed away September 26, 2016, at Hillview Health Care Center. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
She was born August 11, 1921, in La Crosse, to Loyd and Thedell (Davis) Thrailkill. She graduated from Logan High School, where she met the love of her life, Donald Francis Smith. Bette and Don were married December 21, 1940, in La Crosse.
Bette valued family above all else, and never forgot a birthday or special occasion. She was a fiercely loyal friend, and her friendships knew no generational or geographic boundaries. Similarly eclectic were Bette’s hobbies and interests: she loved to play bridge with her longtime friends and she kept up with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren through Facebook and email.
Bette is survived by her two daughters, Jane (Dale) Eppler of Holmen and Diane (John) Splavec of Coronado, Calif.; son Steve (Sylvia) Smith of Merton; brother Jack (Ginny) Thrailkill of Alma; nine grandchildren; and 18 greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and son Jeffry L. Smith.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 8, at 1:00 pm at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Trempealeau with Pastor Dana Jackson officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church Saturday, October 8, from noon until the time of service.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse for the compassionate care Bette received over the past four years. Memorials may be given to Hillview Healthcare Center, 3501 Park Lane Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 608-784-0126, is assisting the family with arrangements. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.