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Betty Lou (Phelps) Monson

Betty Lou (Phelps) Monson

Date of Death - June 2, 2018

Betty Lou (Phelps) Monson, aged 90 years young, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. She is survived by her three sons David (Jeanne Masanz), Philip and Mark (Claire), and daughter-in-law Teresa Iannucci; three brothers, George, Butch and Larry; grandchildren Tirzah, Rachel, Sarah, Cameron, Marlon, Shawna, Zach, Hannah, Ingrid, and Allison; great grandchildren Trey, Natalie, Gavin, Caroline, Jamie and Reese, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by husband Paul, and her brother Mike. Betty was born in Milwaukee, WI, and grew up in Minneapolis, MN. She received her undergraduate degree from Luther College, where she also met Paul, her husband of over 50 years. Betty had an eventful life as a teacher, artist and activist. Her years of service as a teacher with the Duluth Schools involved her working with alternative high school students and adult learners pursuing high school diplomas, along with helping citizens new to our country hone their English skills. Throughout the years she frequently welcomed visitors from around the world for meals and conversation or a game of Carrom. Betty also loved art. Paint and silkscreen were her most used materials applied to objects from canvas to rocking chairs. Since her college years, Betty had been an activist engaged in environmental, social justice and educational causes. She lived in Duluth for almost 60 years, and loved being with people as she engaged in activities through her church and the greater community. Betty's presence will be missed, yet she left a legacy of relatives and friends that have benefited from having known her. Funeral to be held at First Lutheran Church on Tuesday, June 12th at 11am with service starting at noon, followed by a lunch reception. Donations in memory of Betty can be made to the Lake Superior Community Health Center, Duluth, MN.