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Lois “Betty” Hillary
Lois “Betty” Hillary

Lois “Betty” Hillary, age 91, of Monroe, died on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on December 12, 1927, the daughter of Roy and Julia (Pernot) Butts. She grew up on a farm in Belleville, Wisconsin. Betty was united in marriage to Max Hillary on November 6, 1948 in Dubuque, IA. They lived most of their married life in Monroe.

When her children started school, mom went to work for the Swiss Colony and worked there until her retirement in 1989. She was wonderful at crocheting, making many lovely afghans and doilies. She enjoyed reading good novels, watching old movies, game shows, sports, and made the best hot fudge, caramels, and peanut brittle around. The most important thing to her was her family, especially being with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was a very big part of their lives. We were very fortunate to have a family gathering on a beautiful day in August that everyone in the family was able to attend.

Betty is survived by her three daughters, Trudy (Rodney) Westerman, Monroe, Candy (Mark Anderson) Hillary, LaCrosse, and Eva (Dave) Brookhiser, Janesville; two grandchildren, Ryan Berg, Monroe and Tiffany (Dave Thomas) Thorp, Dubai; three great-grandchildren, Katie Berg, Ethan Berg, Livia Thomas; and two great-great-grandchildren, Addilynn Fisher and Keith Fisher.

She was predeceased in death by her parents; her husband, Max on January 3, 2017; her seven brothers, Lloyd, Burton, Ray, Dale, Dick, Archie, and Frank; and her two sisters, Evelyn Piller and Helen Pernot.

As keeping with mom’s wishes, a private family burial will be held at a later date. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at:

The family would like to give a very special thank you to the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home team and volunteers for the wonderful care given to mom and keeping her comfortable during her short time there along with the kindness shown to her family.