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Betty Lou Callas, 75, of Ottumwa died at 2:21 a.m. January 14, 2018 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.
She was born June 9, 1942 in Glenwood, MO to Wayne and Linda Gillespie Hulen. She married Robert W. Cottrell Sr. He preceded her in death. She married Jerry W. Callas Sr. on May 12, 1966. He preceded her in death July 22, 2005.
A resident of Ottumwa most of her life, she attended Ottumwa High School. She worked at Everco, as a CNA and as the Activity Coordinator for the County Home in Wapello County.
She was a member of First Church of the Open Bible. She loved her animals and was a supporter of Heartland Humane Society as well as other organizations.
Surviving are her children, Robert W. (Deborah) Cottrell of Dayton, OH, Tracy Wade Cottrell of Ottumwa, Ronda Renée Callas of Ottumwa and Jerry Wayne Callas Jr. of Ottumwa; 6 grandchildren, Holly, Heather, Betty Ann, Samantha Lee, Joshua and Shane; 2 great grandchildren, Emma and Rylee; 2 brothers, Ronnie Hulen of Long Beach, CA and Kenny Scott of Kewanee, IL; 2 sisters, Martha Setser of La Porte, IN and Bonnie Lowe of Galesburg, IL.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Hulen.
Her body has been cremated. Visitation with the family present will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. Friday with Pastor Mark Hornback officiating. Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.
Published on January 16, 2018
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