Betty Dody, Newton, former director and owner of Candy Cane Corner Nursery School, passed away Nov. 7, 2022, at the age of 90.
She was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Bucklin to Frank and Bertha Hoffman. She was a 1949 graduate of Bucklin High School. In 1951, she received an associate’s degree and teaching certificate from Dodge City Junior College, and taught school in rural Dodge City, KS. She married Donald E. Dody August 6, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church in Bucklin, KS, and remained married to Don for 70 years until his death in 2020.
Betty spent her entire career providing an unconditional loving, nurturing and learning environment for many children in Newton as owner of Candy Cane Corner Nursery School for 30 years; and after retirement in 1996, she was Lead Staff for Infants at Sunshine Day Care Center. She was honored during her career to be selected in 1969 as Business and Professional Newton Area Women of the Year. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton where she volunteered in the church nursery and was a member of Rachel Circle and UMW. She had fond memories as a member of the Sassy-Brassy Red Hatters.
Betty is survived by her son, Terry (Deb Scott) Dody of Manhattan; daughters, Susan Hutton of Wichita and Judy (Dean Long) Carnes of Overland Park; former daughter-in-law, Ginger Dody of Emporia; and eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Don Dody; brother, Harold Hoffman; great-grandson, Lawson Dody; and son-in-law, Mark B. Hutton.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 17, 2022, in the chapel at Peterson’s Family Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114. Private family burial will follow funeral service.