Betty Lou Ponder (Rickhoff)

Feb 12, 1933 - July 29, 2008

Betty passed beyond pain and suffering Tuesday, July 29th 2008 at 6:53P.M. after a short battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer June, 10th 2008.  Betty was proceeded in death by her father, mother, daughter(Pamela) and sister (Connie).  She is survived by her husband Bob; their son Bobby and his wife Angela; and three grandchildren.

There was a wake with visitation held at Miller Funeral Home in Fridley, MN on Sunday August 3rd, 2008 from 6-9 P.M.
Funeral services occured Monday August 4th 2008, at 11:00 A.M. at Family Of Christ Lutheran Church in Andover, MN with visitation for 1hour proceeding the service.

The Ponder family would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation for the kind, caring and diligent assistance and care provided by the University of Minnesota Hospital's Oncology staff and by the staff of the Grandview Christian Home. Both groups provided gentle, kind and loving care for Betty while she was struggling with treatment and while she was spending her last days here on earth. The care given not only to Betty but to her entire family is a credit to the entire medical community. In particularm the staff of the Grandview Christian home did everything within their means to ensure Grandma was as comfortable as possible while helping the family more than they can possibly know while we waited with Grandma for the end.

If you smoke, please quit while you can. And if you have quit, please get yourself checked out by a doctor on a regular basis. Betty quit smoking in 1973 after over 20 years. Even though she quit and was diligent about getting herself checked out, the cancer was not found until it was much too late. Lung cancer is a horrible way to die and that is bad in itself, but what is worse is that those that love you get to watch as it ravages your body. When Grandma died mixed in with the sorrow and the loss was relief as we no longer needed to watch her suffer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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