Sr. Betty Slown, BVM, native of Lexington, dies

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A funeral Mass was to be celebrated on Tuesday, April 13, in Marian Hall Chapel here for Sister Betty Slown, BVM, who was born and raised in the Diocese of Peoria and taught in East Moline. Burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dubuque.

Sister Betty died April 8, 2010, at Marian Hall. She was 71.

The daughter of George W. and Mary C. (Benedino) Slown, Sister Betty was born in Lexington on March 12, 1939. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 2, 1957, from St. Mary’s Parish in Pontiac, professing first vows on Feb. 3, 1960, and final vows on July 16, 1965.

A longtime teacher in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida and Illinois, she taught at St. Anne’s School in East Moline from 1962 to 1964 and from 1965 to 1966. Sister Betty also volunteered in parish ministry to the elderly and worked part-time in a variety of clerical positions in Pensacola, Fla., from 1990 to 2004.

Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by three brothers, Thomas and Stan of Odell, and Bob of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Wilma of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mary Lou of Platte City, Mo.; and the Sisters of Charity BVM, with whom she shared life for 52 years.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003, or online at

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