Betty Ann Thayer | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 5, 1923 - July 18, 2020


Betty Ann Thayer passed away July 18, 2020, at Sholom Hospice of natural causes. Born July 5, 1923, in St. Paul, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in public health, becoming a registered nurse to achieve her goal of flying for Northwest Airlines as a stewardess. While a "stew" she met Raymond and they married in 1950. Together, they traveled the world, and wintering in Port Aransas, Texas was an annual highlight until Ray passed away in 1996. "Crazy Olde Betty" was an avid bridge player, golfer, and huge State Fair fan. She was a member of the Minnesota Valley Woman's Club and a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Guthrie Theatre. A founding member of Emerson Avenue Congregational Church, Betty lived her long life with a generous heart and concern for others. Survived by son Bruce Thayer (Debra); niece Kathy Oppel (Paul Klingbiel); great-nephew Jacob Rains (Julia); daughter, Lisa Coon (Bill), and many friends.

Memorials to Minnesota Public Radio or Second Harvest Heartland.



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  1. Shirley Condiff says:

    I played many hands of bridge with Betty–She was always so much fun to be around ! My youngest daughters triplets shared her birthday date with her so she always referred to them as her triplets. She was generous and a very special lady always willing to help others She will be greatly missed. You have my deepest condolence as a family at your loss!

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