Betty Grabin

Obituary of Betty Grabin

Betty Mae Grabin, 91 of rural Oxford died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Lantern Park Specialty Center in Coralville.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford, with burial to follow at the Heifner/Grabin Cemetery near Oxford. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the church.  Memorial donations can be made, in her memory, to Iowa City Hospice or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  To share a memory, thought or condolence with her family please go to the funeral home website @

Betty was born May 15, 1926, at home, in the same house where her father was born, north of Oxford, Iowa, the daughter of Frank J. “Scout” and Elizabeth (Erusha) Grabin.  She attended a one room country school through 8th grade, and then attended Oxford High School, graduating with the class of 1944.    Betty has been a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. She spent most of her life on the family farm caring for her parents, and 7 nieces and nephews, and enjoying her family and friends. In 2001 she moved from Oxford to Lantern Park Care Center, where she has received the most compassionate care, sincere support, and the genuine feeling of love, home, and family for over 16 years.  Her family lovingly thanks the entire Lantern Park staff very much, and sincerely appreciates all they have done for Betty throughout the years. Her family would also like to acknowledge their sincere appreciation for the care and concern given to Betty from the many doctors, nurses, and staff at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Her family includes her brother and his wife, Ray and Dorothy Grabin of Oxford; nieces and nephews, Gayle Stratton of Oxford, Sam Grabin (Sammy) of North Liberty, Rev. Sue-Ellen Sherman (Brian) of Springville, IA, Lee Grabin (Rose) of Oxford, Debbie Lefebure (Dean) of Fairfax,  Joel Grabin (Joan) of Oxford, and Jamie Grabin (Barb) of Oxford; several great-nieces and nephews, and several great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and their wives, Vincent and Kathryn Grabin, and William and Betty June Grabin; and sister and her husband, Elsie and Joe Wilson.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Betty’s family and her services.