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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Betty Grause

Betty May Grause (Brunick)

Monday, March 1st, 1943 - Friday, January 3rd, 2020
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Betty May Grause, 76, of Vermillion, SD passed away Friday, Jan. 3, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Betty Brunick was born March 1, 1943 in Seattle, WA, the youngest child of Robert and Doris (Walker) Brunick. Her family moved back to South Dakota when she was quite young, and she attended Vermillion Schools. She raised three children and was very involved with her ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Besides mother and grandmother, she took on many other duties at rodeos and horse shows working as timekeeper and sometimes even the official one. She was an advice giver and a lot of the times you didn’t even have to ask for it. She was a supervisor and Joe was her manager, she would tell him what needed to be done and he would manage to do it.
Sweet Betty, as she would remind people, was many things to many people and everyone new her was grateful for her role for them.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years Joe, daughter Pam Watson, a son Bill (Tammy) Watson, daughter Jerri (Tim) Gale and her ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren and a sister Barb Reifenrath of Upland, CA.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, first husband William Watson and a brother Robert Brunick.
Betty requests casual attire for the services.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 5:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    1120 E. Main St.
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    Prayer Service at 7:00 PM
  • Service

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    101 East Main St.
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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    Rev. Sandy Aakre
  • Interment

    Bluffview Cemetery
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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Jean Severson

Posted at 10:33pm
I loved working with Betty!! She wasn't just Sweet she was Sassy!! I miss her very much!!! My love to her family, she loved you all very much!!

Cindy and John Carrington

Posted at 01:02pm
Joe and family
Sorry for your loss. Cherish those memories and hold them close to your heart no one can take those from you , share the stories as Betty would want you too. She will beside you each day . Let the lord take your hand and guide you each day. God Bless all of you

Shelly and Dave Schwebach

Posted at 05:40pm
I will always remember helping Betty at the playdays . Laughing and having so much fun with the shows her and her family putting them on. One of best times I. here’s ford when we got rain and kids and adults played in the mud in the arena and we had to load everyone up in back of pickup and take them to car wash to rinse them off. And all Betty said it did was laughed and enjoyed all the activities. Or going to Nationals we all had so much fun. We will miss u Betty u r one special lady. Prayers and thoughts to everyone

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