Fare Thee Well, Betty

Today Kris and I and her family will participate in the funeral of her elderly mother. Betty Norman was a delightful mother-in-law and we love her and will miss her, and consider ourselves blessed to have been in her circle of mothering.

She died painlessly and quietly in her sleep Monday night.

The picture is a recent one of Kris, Betty and me.

In the last few years as Betty aged, Kris and Pat routinely traveled to visit with her but nothing can compare with the patient, caring, attentive love of her youngest son, Pete, who lived in Freeport near Betty. We offer this tribute of thanks to you Pete.

As Christians funerals are not just times of departure for us but times to reflect on the glorious power of God in raising Christ from the dead, in cracking the Stone Table and reversing the thunderous fear of death, and declaring that the last great word is Life!


Elizabeth (Betty) K. Norman, 88, of Freeport died Tuesday at F.H.N. Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Betty was born December 4, 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Mabel (Burgess) Aldrich. Betty was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She was a member of Tri Delta sorority and graduated in 1946. Betty married Ronald C. Norman on March 18, 1944 in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Norman died May 19, 1997. Mrs. Norman was a homemaker and school teacher. She was a member of First Presbyterian-United Presbyterian Church and a member of P E O Sisterhood. Survivors include: three sons: Ron (Mae) Norman of Victor, Colorado, Tom (Sarah) Norman of Des Moines, Iowa and Peter (Jen) Norman of Freeport. Two daughters, Pat (Bob) Arnet of St. Charles, Illinois and Kristen (Scot) McKnight of Libertyville, Illinois. Ten grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Barringer of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Lukas (Annika) McKnight of Gurnee, Illinois, Kari (Jonathan) Williams of St. Petersburg, Fla., Allison, Riley, Sam and Ben Norman, all of Des Moines, Iowa, Eric, Katie and Luke Norman all of Freeport. Also, two great-grandchildren, Aksel and Finley McKnight of Gurnee, Illinois. Mrs. Norman was preceded in death by her husband, brother Howard and her parents. A funeral service for Mrs. Norman will be Friday, 10:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian- United Presbyterian Church, Freeport. Rev. Kathleen Luke, pastor will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home 504 N. Walnut Ave. Freeport. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for The Ron and Betty Norman Student Scholarship Fund. Please visit wwwburketubbs.com to sign the online guestbook.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Linda Gilmore

    My prayers go up for you and Kris, and all the family. Even when it comes at the end of long, faithful life, it’s hard to say goodbye to your Mom. May God’s blessings and comfort surround you as you gather with family and friends to celebrate Betty’s life.

  • Pat

    Blessings to Kris and her entire family. Thank you for sharing this tribute with us, Scot.

  • Jon G

    So sorry for your loss, Scot and Kris. May God comfort you both on this day.

  • Kenton

    Prayers for peace and comfort to Kris, you and all of Betty’s family.

  • Clay Knick

    Blessings & peace to you and your family, Scot.

  • MatthewS

    May the Lord be near your family as you mourn the loss of this precious lady. In a recent loss in our church family, it stood out to me that God is not the God of the dead but the God of the living. We mourn irreplaceable loss, yet we mourn with hope. May the Lord give you grace as you comfort your wife.

  • David Dollins

    Praying for your family in this time.

  • Andie Piehl

    Scot & Kris, I’m so sorry to hear this news of your mom’s passing. I pray for peace and comfort for you both and for all the members of your family. And I pray that Jesus will make his presence and love evident in each moment of your need.

  • http://www.margaretfeinberg.com Margaret

    I pray peace and comfort for your family– death of a loved one is always hard. May you be reminded of God’s presence in this difficult time but be able to focus on the joy to come.

  • Dana Ames

    Extending my deepest sympathy to Kris and family. Memory eternal!


  • http://aandbcounseling.com Dr Don

    My deepest condolences on your loss. Very fresh memory for me.. October 14th was my mother’s birthday and she has been gone eight years.

  • Paul Willingham

    My prayers for comfort and peace in this time of family sorrow. My father passed away earlier this year (104) and next week we will inter his ashes in his home town of down state Illinois. Having attended and graduated from high school in Polo, I have always felt a special kinship when you have discussed family.

  • Kris

    Thank you everyone for your prayers. We truly appreciate it. It was a satisfying two days of remembrance of my mom with family and friends.

  • Chip

    God bless, Scott and Kris. My own mother just passed away a few months ago. May God richly bless you both.

  • Holly

    Sending condolences and prayers and hope for many, many good memories.

  • Dianne P

    I am so very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. No matter the age, no matter the circumstances, it’s still a loss of one’s Mom… and that is a very sad loss – for all your family.

    Betty was born the same year as my parents, who have both passed on. Don’t be surprised if months, even years later, you want to pick up the phone and tell Betty about something that just happened. Only you will no longer need the phone to do so.

    Love and Blessings,

  • http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com Diana Trautwein

    My sympathies to your wife and to you, Scot. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints…” How lovely that your MIL was indeed a saint of the Lord, and that her death was peaceful and relatively swift. May the memorial service be a time of celebration and remembrance and heartfelt gratitude for the gift she was to all of you.

  • http://www.henrietschapelhouman.com Henriet Schapelhouman

    Sending you and Kris love and prayers as you grieve the loss of Betty. It sounds like she had a good life. So glad she went peacefully. May you receive great comfort from the God of all Comfort.

    Love and prayers,


  • Matt

    My sympathies, Kris and Scot.

  • Dbbie

    Prayers for Kris, you and your entire family. Losing a parent is never easy.

  • http://communityofjesus.wordpress.com/ Ted M. Gossard

    Deeply sorry, Kristen and Scot, and prayers for you and the family. Wonderful the hope we have in Christ and the resurrection.

  • http://www.godhungry.org Jim Martin

    So sorry, Kris and Scot, for your loss. I have prayed for you, Kris, and the rest of the family as you remember your mom. Grateful for the resurrection.