Elizabeth "Betsey" Jane Shifflett (Creswick)

Thursday, July 15th, 1926 - Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
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Elizabeth “Betsey” Jane Shifflett, 92, passed away peacefully on July 2,
2019 in Tucson, Arizona.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on
August 3 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Burial will be in
Linwood Cemetery.

Betsey was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 15, 1926, the daughter of
Sidney and Bertha (Witchall) Creswick. She graduated from Dubuque Senior
High School and received her baccalaureate degree from the University of
Dubuque in 1947. On October 28, 1951 she married John Sterling Shifflett
at the University of Dubuque chapel. They spent 42 happy years together
and were blessed with four children before John passed on January 27,
1993. Betsey was a social worker for four years before getting married.
She obtained a teaching certificate in 1972 and taught mostly third
grade for 18 years, including one year at Hoover Elementary School and
17 years at Lincoln Elementary School, the same place that she went to
grade school.

Betsey was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a
longtime member of the choir. She also served as a Deacon and a Stephen
Minister. She served on the board at Mt. Pleasant Home, volunteered at
Finley Hospital, and was an active member of the National T.T.T. Society
and P.E.O. International.

Betsey was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for teaching English to
students from other countries at N.I.C.C. She and her husband sponsored
a family from Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Betsey was an avid Cubs fan. She played piano and was a talented artist.
All of her children have her art hanging on their walls, and one of her
paintings was used for the cover of the book "Homespun Iowa." She always
enjoyed socializing with her many friends, particularly her “potluck group”.

She loved going on vacation with her family, whether it was a road trip
to Maryland, Nebraska, Texas or California to visit relatives, going to
museums in Chicago, camping at Yellowstone, or traveling to the family
cottage at Moose Lake, Wisconsin.

Betsey lived in Dubuque IA for 87 years altogether, including 20 years
after the death of her beloved husband. In 2013 she moved to Missouri to
live near son James and daughter-in-law Rose, and in 2016 she moved to
Arizona to live in the home of son Peter and daughter-in-law Diane. She
will be greatly missed by her family, friends, relatives, co-workers and
students, in all the places she has lived.

Betsey is preceded in death by her parents; her husband John; her son
John; brothers Robert and Kenneth Creswick. She is survived by three
sons: Peter (Diane) of Tucson, AZ; James (Rose) of St. Peters, MO;
Andrew (Audrey) of Columbia, SC; and daughter-in-law Bethany Shifflett
of San Jose, CA; granddaughters Elizabeth and Victoria; grandsons John
and James; sisters-in-law Gayle Creswick and Esther Johnson.

Memorials may be given to the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir.
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Service Details

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    2155 University Ave
    Dubuuqe, IA 52001
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    Pastor Loren Shellabarger
  • Interment

    Linwood Cemetery
    2735 Windsor Avenue
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Paula Nemanich Hyatt

Posted at 09:38pm

Betsey was my mentor teacher as I student taught in her class in 1981. During that time she befriended me and invited me into her home for dinner. She encouraged me and taught me and set me on my educational teaching journey. I recently retired after 36 years of teaching. Betsey was so kind and caring and I thought of her often over the years. We exchanged letters and Christmas cards for many years. I am so sorry for your loss she was an amazing selfless person. When I finished my student teaching assignment she used the stipend she received to buy me a gift. She will forever be in my memories.
Paula Nemanich Hyatt

Lisa Mullen

Posted at 10:29am
Oh, I am so sorry to hear of Betsey's death. She was Mrs. Shifflett when we were little, because that's how it was back then, even for the next door neighbor. But she was special to me---your mom had a large supply of boxes of books which she would bring out one at a time and tote next door, and I would pour through them, tote the box back to her, and she would give me another. This was a summer occurrence for about 3 years, during which I had read through all the books, a few boxes twice. I think I was around 9 or 10; the books were all the classics--Little Women, Little Men, Eight Cousins, Robinson Crusoe, Tom Sawyer, Wind in the Willows, Silver Skates--wish I could remember more of them. I just remember being so happy those summers, sitting on the porch stoop reading, reading, reading. It wasn't til 4th grade when I had a friend that could walk all the way down to the library with me, so your mom was my only supply of books during the summer, other than re-reading from my own shelves of birthday and Christmas present books. She would ask me how I liked various ones of them that had been in a box, and for a few minutes anyway, I had someone I could talk books with! It probably sounds silly now, all these years later, and when anything you want is available by pushing a laptop button, but your Mom and those books were the shape of my summers. Lisa Hoppman Mullen

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