Betty J McMaster

December 25, 1923 ~ May 12, 2020 (age 96)


Betty J. McMaster, aged 96, died May 12, 2020.  She was born to Clark and Leola Shaffer at the family farm south of Hooper, NE on December 25, 1923.  She graduated from Hooper High School in 1941 and then attended business school in Lincoln.  Her first employment was with DeKalb Agricultural Association in Fremont.  On her 19th birthday, December 25, 1942 she married Collins McMaster in Lincoln, NE.  After her husband’s enlistment in the Army Air Corps, Betty joined him in various Air Corps bases in the deep south and was employed as a private secretary to the President of Continental Furniture Co. in High Point, North Carolina, to the Chief Engineer of Ingalls Shipbuilding Co. in Decatur, Alabama, and with the U.S.O. in Greenwood, Mississippi.  After her husband’s discharge from the service in 1945, they resided in Lincoln until 1947, at which time they moved to Hooper, having purchased the City Meat Market.  Betty was employed as bookkeeper for the Farmers Cooperative Company in Hooper from 1962 until 1985.  She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.  A member of the Friendship Chapter Order of Easter Star, she served as Worthy Matron in 1957 and was honored as a 50-year member in 1999.  She belonged to the Daughters of the Nile, SaTra Temple in Omaha, and the Nile Club in Fremont.  Betty was the president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Hooper in 1952 and its treasurer for many years.  She served as a board member and treasurer of the Hooper Senior Citizen Center and delivered Meals on Wheels to shut-ins well into her 80’s.  She was a member and volunteer of the May Museum in Fremont.  Betty and Collins raised three children for whom they provided great love and support.  Betty was particularly pleased to have been active in the restoration of and served as the treasurer of the Logan Cemetery outside of Winslow where she will be buried alongside her husband, oldest son and her daughter.  Her celebration of life will be planned at a later date.  

Betty is survived by son, Robert McMaster (Maureen Ose), Lincoln, NE, daughter-in-law Ruth McMaster, Omaha, NE, son-in-law, Dr. Thomas (Ann) Kirk, Manhattan, KS, grandchildren Thomas Kirk, Scott McMaster, Brian McMaster, Melanie Kirk, and Andrew Kirk, seven great-grandchildren and sister, Bonnie (Ronald) Grimmett of Springfield, VA.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two children, Dr. David “Skip” McMaster, and Carmen Kirk.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation for the professional and loving care given by the staffs of The Landing and St. Croix Hospice

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