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Born May 11, 1914 in Iola, Kansas, she was the daughter of Charles James Snyder and Della Terisha Fetters. Betty Lou was married to the late Wesley Gale Irons.
Betty Lou spent her childhood in Oakland, the majority of her adult life in San Leandro and the last fifteen years in Davis and Woodland. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State and her Masters in Education from Cal State Hayward. Betty Lou taught in elementary schools for the Oakland Unified School District and at Saint Peters Lutheran School in San Leandro for over 30 years.
Besides teaching she was active in the Bay Area chapter of the American Association of University Women. Betty Lou was an accomplished musician who also loved to sew and knit. During her later years she knit baby sweaters to give away and lap robes which she donated to the elderly.
In addition to her husband, Betty Lou was preceded in death by her brother James Edward Snyder, her sister-in-law, Laura Snyder, and her stepson Robert Wesley Irons.
Betty is survived by her son Dr. Richard D. Irons and his wife Beverly of Boulder, Colorado, her daughter Marilyn Nagle and her husband Dan of Davis; grandchildren Kati Irons of Tacoma, Washington, Tiffany Nagle of Bakersfield, David Irons and his wife Szilvia of New York City, Dr. Nicholas Nagle and his wife Roxanne of Knoxville, Tennessee, Cassie Nagle of Prescott, Arizona, Sara Jane Irons of Boulder; and one great grandchild Amelie Nagle of Knoxville. Her extended family includes Jeanne and Dr. Daniel Turner of Monterey, California and their children Lindsay and Lauren, Virginia Irons of Ceres, California and her children Debbie Dooley and husband Roy, Randy Irons and wife Liz, Chris Irons and wife Sara, and their families.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty Lous memory to the American Association of University Women scholarship fund.
The obituary is very nice. I think mom would have liked it. She left behind a lot of people who loved her and to be proud of. I wish she could have seen David and Szilvia's baby, she (or they) almost made it. Love, Rich
Richard Irons Sep 16 2009 12:00 AM
Thank you for teaching me how to play the piano. I will miss you.
Sarah Irons Sep 11 2009 12:00 AM