April 26, 2007

(7/15/1927 – 3/19/2007)

Bette Hergenraeder died March 19, 2007, at Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, WY, after a valiant fight.

She was born on July 15, 1927 on the family farm in Memphis, MO, the 12th child of Pillip and Alva Purvis.

She married Raymond F. Hayden, Jr. in 1948 and they moved to Cody, WY, and then later to Lost Cabin, WY. They had two sons, and were later divorced. She married William Hergenraeder in 1968. They enjoyed golf and travel. They were later divorced.

Bette was a longtime member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Casper, WY, since 1961, transferring from FCC in Memphis, MO. She loved teaching Sunday School and was active in C.W.F., and later transferred to 1st Presbyterian in Evanston, WY, where she served as Christian Education Director, then returning to Casper, WY in 2005.

She was president of the WY Chapter of BPW, and worked with the elderly. She worked at the Natrona County Treasurer’s office, True Oil and Chevron USA. She transferred with Chevron to Rangely, CO, in 1984. She was active in the community and made many good friends while there. In 1987 she moved to Evanston, WY and retired after 20 years with Chevron. She became involved in the community right away, and became active with the Presbyterian Church in Evanston, began selling Avon, was active in the school system, worked at the museum, and had many friends who touched her life and whose life she touched. She loved working with children and the elderly. She loved being with her family and many friends she had.

She is survived by her sons, Raymond Hayden and his wife, Rhonda of Evanston, WY, and Marcus Hayden and his wife, Lori of Casper, WY; her grandchildren, Parker and Whitney of Evanston, WY, Ashley, Travis and Melissa of Casper, WY; and great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Marie Hayden; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers and four sisters. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends that she treasured.

Funeral services were held March 22, 2007, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with Rev. Dr. Bryant Badger, Senior Minister, and Rev. Paul Hallock, FCC and Casper College, Casper, WY. Betty Walts was the organist. Granddaughter Ashley Hayden had the obituary and memories. Burial will be at Memphis, MO. Memorials may be made to Casper Youth Baseball for the kids, P.O. Box 1966, Casper, WY 82602.

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