Betty Jane Lair

May 20, 1925 ~ August 24, 2021 (age 96)


Betty J. Lair, age 96, of Hamburg, IA passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the Ambassador in Sidney, IA.

Betty was born on May 20, 1925 in Manley, IA; the daughter of Ray C. and Alpha Geneva (Nagel) Fletcher.  When she was 3 her family moved to Hamburg.  She grew up and attended school in Hamburg; graduating in 1943 from the Hamburg High School.

On February 23, 1944 she was united in marriage to Elliott Wade Lair in Rock Port, MO.  He preceded her in death on November 8, 2017.  Betty spent many years raising her family and she also worked at Interstate Nurseries and Marie’s in Hamburg.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children:  Ray E. Lair of Camdenton, MO and Claudia K. Stenzel and husband Mike of Hamburg, IA; 10 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren; one sister Mary Ann Gregg of West Plains, MO; nieces and nephews; other family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by a son Wade Eugene Lair.

A Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Mt. Olive Cemetery southeast of Hamburg, IA.  Burial will follow the services.

The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, IA, prior to the graveside service.

Memorials may be directed to Mt. Olive Cemetery Assn.

Remembrances may be left at

Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.

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August 27, 2021

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Rash-Gude Funeral Home
1220 Main St.
Hamburg, IA 51640

Graveside Service
August 27, 2021

10:00 AM
Mt. Olive Cemetery
315th Avenue
Hamburg, IA 51640

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