Obituaries » Betty D. Sommer
November 27, 1944 - November 7, 2017
Burial Date: November 13, 2017
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 13, 2017 at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. Pastors Wanda Stopher and George O'Reilly officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Bluffton.
Betty D. Sommer, 72, passed away November 7, 2017 at Willow Ridge – Betty House in Bluffton. Betty was born November 27, 1944 in Crisfield, Maryland to the late Fred and Amelia (Kurtz) Detwiler. After meeting her late husband, Willis during voluntary service work in Kenya, they married on May 22, 1976. Willis preceded her in death on June 23, 2017.
Betty graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Goshen College – Goshen, Indiana and later her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Betty had a long career as a social worker and counselor. For over twenty years, she found passion in enriching the lives of students in social work at Bluffton University. Betty was an active member of First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, researching family history, playing dulcimer, travel and volunteering and serving in her community.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer (Darby) Benroth of Bluffton; a son, Matthew (Emily Palmquist) Sommer of Flagstaff, Arizona; two grandsons, Bodey and Barrett Benroth; a sister, Doris (Jerry) Henderson of Pocomoke City, Maryland; a brother, Marvin Detwiler of Pocomoke City, Maryland; and a sister in law, Joan Criveli of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Betty was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Detwiler and a sister in law, Pat Detwiler.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 13, 2017 at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. Pastors Wanda Stopher and George O’Reilly officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services – Bluffton.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church or Bluffton University.