Betty Ann Stroup, 82, passed away Tuesday April 18, 2023, at Legacy after a lengthy battle with Dementia and Diabetes. She was born on August 25, 1940, to Fred and Etta May Constable in Pine Bluffs, WY. The first 7 years of her life she lived in a sod house where her Dad farmed. They then moved a few miles away to a wooden house on the farm they called Rock Hill ranch. She graduated in 1958 and shortly after began her career putting out newspapers at Pine Bluffs Post and the Kearney Hub paper.
She married Ray Nussbaum on July 6, 1958, in Kimball NE and from this union she had a son Allan Ray, and a daughter Pamela Jean (Nussbaum) Mills. Betty’s dearest love was for her children and spending as much time with them as possible, especially when her first grandson arrived in 1995. In 1967 they all moved to Gillette where she soon started working for the News Record as a linotype operator. She saw many changes during her 38 years from the linotype printing to hot type to cold type to finally the computer age printing. She did many different jobs there and really enjoyed it! Her picture is with the old linotype machine at the Rockpile Museum.
Betty enjoyed music! She was an expert on the accordion and played with her husband Ray and his electric guitar, and whenever she could get with her sister Alice, Alice would play along on the piano. She played the organ at church for many years, and she would still play at home for her husband Ned often by memory because she could no longer read music.
Betty loved to dress up and was a fashionista! Please wear your favorite dress up attire. She loved bright colors and could put any outfit on and make it flash!
After Ray passed, she remarried to Roy James Igo Jr in 1990. They had a lot of fun together flying to Wendover, NV to gamble and other little trips until Roy passed away from cancer.
She remarried again February 20, 1999, to Ned Stroup. Together they went on many adventures. They enjoyed Square Dancing and went on many trips with her best friend Shirley Study to dance and see the world. The have been to many places including Ireland, Hawaii, San Antonio, Australia, Canada just to name a few.
Betty is survived by her husband Ned, her Sister and sometimes twin Alice Swaim, her daughter Pam, stepdaughter Gloria (Igo)(Bruce) Mansur, stepson Roni Igo, stepson Gary Igo, stepson Duane (Lori) Stroup, stepdaughter Marilyn Heer, stepdaughter Wanda Koffler, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Claude and his wife Deloris Constable, her sister Vernetta and her husband Franklin Woodman, her brother-in-law Tommie Swaim, brother-in-law Jay Nussbaum SR, and her beloved son Allan, and several cousins.
The visitation will be Thursday April 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM, with the Celebration of LIFE following at 2:00 PM, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1001 East 9th Street, Gillette, WY. Condolences may be sent to Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716, and www.gillettememorialchapel.com
Donations to her church or to the Alzheimer Association would be appreciated.