Betty J. Ashcraft

July 26, 1923June 18, 2013

Betty Jeane Ashcraft, 89 of Eldridge, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Genesis Medical Center East Campus. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, June 21, 2013 at St John’s United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Runge Mortuary and for one hour prior to the service at the Church. Burial will take place at Fairmount Cemetery in Davenport. Memorials may be made to the Handicapped Development Center. Online condolences and tributes may be expressed at Betty was born July 26, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Bert and Marie (Bingaman) Haver. She was a proud cheerleader at Davenport High School and was a graduate of the Class of 1941. She also served many years on her class reunion committee. She was united in marriage to Forrest Ashcraft Jr. on November 28, 1946 in Davenport. He preceded her in death 2004. Betty was blessed to have many career opportunities. In her early years she was a photo colorist at a photography studio, a dice girl at The Flame in downtown Davenport during WWII, “Dilly Bar diva” at a local Dairy Queen, operated Davenport’s Bel-Air drive inn theatre Concession Stand with her husband. She and Forrest also owned and operated, Valley Bus Company (a first of its kind in the state transportation company for the disabled in Scott County), and for many years was a teacher’s aide at Davenport’s Taylor School and Wood Jr. High School. Governor Branstad appointed her to the Iowa State of Commission for the Disabled in the early 1980s. She was one of the founding members of the H.A.N.D.S (Auxiliary for the Handicapped Development Center). She was very devoted to her late son, Gary, and because of him was involved in the Special Olympics of Scott County. She was also an auxiliary member at Genesis West – “The Pink Ladies”, a member of St John’s United Methodist Church since the 1930s and a Doe of the Fraternal Order of the Davenport Elks Chapter. In addition, she also was a member of the Davenport Police Women’s Auxiliary, Scott County Republican Women and the Red Hat Society. Betty was an advocate for the handicapped and devoted many years of her life bettering the lives of the handicapped in Scott County and the state of Iowa. She was sassy, feisty and flirty, not necessarily in that the order. She dearly loved her six children, thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and had a love for dogs her entire life. She was an avid Hawkeye fan and had more Isabel Blooms than Isabel Bloom. Special thanks to Grand Haven Retirement Community, Heartland Hospice, Genesis East Campus, MEDIC EMS Eldridge, Eldridge Fire and Police Departments, and Dr. William Jerome. Those celebrating her life include her children; Judy (Ron) Carney, Davenport; Forrest (Nancy) Ashcraft, Sun Lakes, AZ; Debra (Brian) Huch, Davenport; Shari (Rick) Cole, Davenport; and Jeff (Crista) Ashcraft, Eldridge; grandchildren, Matthew (Jami) Denger, Rebecca Zanella, SMSJT Derek Ashcraft, Brandon Ashcraft, Shea Ashcraft, Chris (Gina) Huch, Peter (Jess) Huch, Jeff (Meghan) Tisinger, Megan Tisinger, Alexa Ashcraft, Jordan Ashcraft, and Ben Ashcraft; great grandchildren: Anthony Denger, Nicholas Zanella, Natalie Zanella, Caleb Ashcraft, Grace Huch, Parker Huch and Callen Tisinger; and her four-legged family members: Morgan, Sydney, Bella, Max and Belle. She was preceded in death by, her husband, son Gary, granddaughter Melissa, and her brother Bill Haver. She was no bigger than a smile and her big baby blue eyes charmed everyone she ever met.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2013

Betty J. Ashcraft

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Wil & Cyndy Bauer

August 17, 2013

So sorry to hear about Betty's death. We were neighbors on Lombard for many years & watched most of her children grow up. It was fun watching them & the other neighbor kids running through our yard. All good kids. Betty & Forry were good parents. We hope happy memories bring you comfort.

Christine Wren

June 25, 2013

Jeff & Crista,

We are so sorry to hear about your Mother and know she will be enjoying her wings seated next to your father. As she did on earth, she will provide you and your entire family light forever. We share loving prayers for you and your family.

Much Love,
Christine & Bob

Matt Wilson

June 24, 2013

Jeff, Crista & Kids,

We were very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We have fond memories of your folks as devoted fans of anything involving the boys and their activities. We had some great chats with your mom in our lawn chairs at baseball games. We'll be keepoing you in our prayers.

Matt & Lynette Wilson

June 22, 2013


Greg Viviani

June 21, 2013

Our condolences to the Ashcraft family. She was a special lady...especially to the clients of HDC! Peace and wonderful memories - Greg Viviani (HDC client) and his sister, Lisa (Lange) McKirgan

Eddie and Gina Bell

June 21, 2013

Judy, I was sorry to hear of your loss. you'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

June 21, 2013

Mom called last night to let me know about your mom. My sympathies to you and all your family.

Erin McCroskey

Carol Selby

June 20, 2013

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. My deepest sympathy.

Linda, Jeremy and Adelia Hoppe

June 20, 2013

What a wonderful woman, she will be greatly missed. She was so blessed to have you all! All of our love to you!

Brian Aunan

June 20, 2013

My relationship with Betty was formed primarily by my relationship with you, Jeff. Having her at the show and reading your frequent 'bloggings' about her gave me a sense of the kind-hearted (and feisty) person she was. I wish you & your great family all the comfort, poignant reflection, and joy the pondering of a life well-lived can afford. Blessings, my brother...