Betty Lou Fravel, 83


Oct. 22, 1934 —
Feb. 9, 2018
Cresco - Betty Lou Fravel, age 83, of Cresco, Iowa went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. She passed away surrounded by family at Winneshiek County Medical Center after struggling with illness. 
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Cresco Community Chapel in Cresco. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in New Oregon Cemetery in rural Cresco. Lindstrom Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Betty was born to Ray and Irene (Noblett) Miller in Cresco on Oct. 22, 1934. She received her education in Cresco and worked at the dime store throughout high school. 
Betty married Ellis Fravel on March 25, 1954. She was a devoted wife for 55 years. They lived on a Chicago military base, where she worked at a bank. She also worked as a legal secretary in Cresco. The couple moved to the Fravel Farm south of Cresco, where they raised livestock and farmed the land together. 
They fostered Roger Miller and were blessed with three children, Gary, Timothy and Diane. Betty and Ellis were founding members of the Cresco Community Chapel, where she was an organist and Sunday School teacher. 
Going for plane rides with Ellis, playing the organ, gardening and canning were among her favorite hobbies. She especially enjoyed growing roses, lilies and tulips. She loved caring for her family and would comment that her dream job was to be a full-time baby holder.
Betty is survived by her son, Gary Fravel; son, Timothy (Kay) Fravel; daughter, Diane Fravel; foster son, Roger; seven grandchildren; her great-grandchildren; her sister, Sandra (Lacey) Jeffreys; and a brother, Robert Miller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Fravel; parents, Ray and Irene Miller; sisters, Janice Herold, Shirley Hass and Norma Albertson; and a brother, Donald Miller.

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