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Betty Jo Gilchrist

Betty Gilchrist obituary photoBetty Gilchrist, age 49, of Huron, died Friday, January 26, 2007, at her home. Her memorial service was at 3 PM Thursday, February 1st, at the Huron High School Auditorium with Rev. Dean Lindstad officiating. Private burial was in Altoona Cemetery at Hitchcock. A memorial will be established.

Betty Jo Ann Kopischke was born October 13, 1957, at Mankato, MN to Edward and Marlys (Rose) Kopischke. She graduated from Janesville High School in 1975 and was the valedictorian of her class. She graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1979. Following graduation she taught English at Butte, Nebraska and worked as a librarian for one year. She returned to Minnesota and taught English as well as worked as a librarian for three years in Minneota, Minnesota before moving to Huron. She taught English and was the librarian at the Huron Middle School.

Betty met Jon Gilchrist at symphony practice, and they were married on July 18, 1987. They had two children, Joshua and Rebekah. After the children were both in school, Betty began to work at the Huron Public Library where she held the position of children's librarian. Betty was an accomplished musician and played in the Huron Municipal Band as well as the Huron Symphony. She was a voracious reader and had developed her own personal library. She was very conscientious in all things and was a devoted mother, a loving wife and a passionate lover of God. She attended the Open Bible Church of Huron.

Survivors include her husband, Jon; her daughter, Rebekah; her son, Joshua, who died the same day that Betty died; her parents, Edward and Marlys Kopischke of Madison Lake, MN; two sisters and two brothers, Becky (Mark) Clasen of Isanti, MN, Blaine (Lorri) Kopischke of Waterville, MN, Bonnie (Rick) Stickley of Morristown, MN, and Bruce (Denise) Kopischke of Madison Lake, MN; her parents-in-law, Warren and Esther Gilchrist of Hitchcock; two sisters-in-law, Janie (John) Person of Watkins, CO, and Barbara (Bill) Christwitz of Clearlake, CA a brother-in-law, Tom (Sherry) Gilchrist of Springfield, SD; numerous nieces and nephews; and Danil Antonov of Nizhniy Tagil, Russia, the exchange student who lived with the Gilchrist family.

Betty was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ed and Agnes Kopischke and Evelyn and Orvil Rose.