Betty Ives Lashley

By  | June 30, 2020 | Filed under: Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Obituaries

Betty Ives LashleyBetty Ives Lashley, 97, of Huntsville, passed away Saturday. She was born in Oshkosh, WI to Marie and Harcort Ives. She attended public school through high school in Oshkosh. She enjoyed orchestra where she played violin, and marching band where she served as drum major. Betty attended Wisconsin State Teachers College and was drum major for the college marching band.

As part of an economics class, a field trip to New York City was conducted. A late evening tour lead the class by Jack Dempsey’s café. They were invited in to visit with some of the sailors. She met a sailor named Amos Lashley from DesArc, MO. It seemed to work. They were married over 60 years.

The war was hot and the Howard, a fast attack destroyer, left for San Diego, CA. They were married when the Howard put in at Portsmouth for a refit. He rode a bus to Oshkosh and back to meet the family. He was a bit of a charmer. Betty rode the bus to San Diego, found a job, and stayed until the Howard set out to Pearl.

After the war, Betty and Amos went to school back in Oshkosh. Eventually, Amos enlisted in the Air Force and all transferred to Biloxi. Betty found a job at Kesleir and David and Stephen came along.

In Japan, David had the chance to go to a one room school with a partition dividing 1st through 3rd grades on the left, and 4th through 12th on the right. Japan was good with a three-year tour that was fun, where Betty taught 1st through 3rd grades.

On return, Betty worked in personnel at Keesler AFB. After several years, and a brief two-year tour in Crystal Springs, MS, Amos retired. A move to Decatur, AL, and eventually a move to Huntsville took place, and Betty found a position in Personnel at Redstone. She progressed and developed training and testing for young soldiers. Her training and testing guides were adapted throughout the Army.

A very proud moment for Betty was when she was awarded a citation from the President of the United States for developing a system of training to aide new soldiers to help develop M.O.S. skill and help retain soldiers.

David loves and will miss his mom.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery with Pastor Gaylon Benton officiating.

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