Betty Tingwald, 72, of Woodward, died Friday, March 7 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 13 from 1-8 p.m., with family present from 5-8 p.m., at the Carris Family Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Peoples Cemetery in rural Bouton.

Memorial contributions will be given to the family and may be left at the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

Betty Jean Tingwald was born on January 25, 1942, at Panora, to Carrol D. and Helena C. (Volkmer) Gander.

She graduated from Panora High School.

She was united in marriage to Duane R. Tingwald in April, 1961.

Betty started working for the Post Office in 1961 and became the Post Master of the Bouton Post Office in 1984.

Retirement came in 2012.

She also wrote articles for the Northeast Dallas County Record newspaper and worked at Virginia’s Clothing in Perry.

Betty was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and served with the Youth Council and Ladies Aid and taught Sunday school at both Trinity and Christ Lutheran Churches.

She was a 4-H leader for 10 years and also worked with the BBC (Bouton Betterment Committee) and was known as the pancake lady at the Bouton Breakfast.

Betty enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and traveling and was able to travel to Washington D.C., Alaska and Hawaii.

In her spare time she was reading and loved being with people. She helped organize the starting of Xenia for Bouton in 1972. Betty was not afraid to help on the farm.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Carrol and Helena Gander, and a brother, Dean Gander.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Tingwald, of Woodward; a daughter, Tami (Chris) Strait, of Granger; granddaughter, Leah (Adam) Ray, of Des Moines; two sisters, Dee Martinson of Altoona, and Bev Prichard of Polk City; a brother, Delbert Gander of Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews.