Dorothy J. Betzold, 91


Dorothy Joan (Sorrells) Betzold, 91, of Nokomis, died at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Hillsboro Area Hospital.

Private family funeral and burial services will be held, with Edmund Hill officiating.  Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mrs. Betzold was born June 7, 1929, on the family farm, south of Raymond to Merrill and Nora (Stillahn) Sorrells.  She attended Harmony country school through eighth grade then graduated from Raymond Township High School in 1947. She completed one year at Millikin University in Decatur before marrying Clifford Betzold on Oct. 24, 1948, at the First Methodist Church in Raymond.

Mr. and Mrs. Betzold met through the Montgomery County Rural Youth organization and were married 65 years. During those years Mrs. Betzold was active in their farm operation, working alongside her husband driving tractors, working in the field and with the livestock.  She prepared countless meals for the family and anyone else who happened to be around at lunch time.

Mrs. Betzold was an excellent cook, who enjoyed trying new recipes. She always had a homemade pie or dessert to end the meal. Mrs. Betzold loved to mow and kept the yard and farmstead in Audubon township neatly groomed. 

Mrs. Betzold was a 66 year member of the Nokomis Chapter #138 Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a 60 plus year member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Thrifty Club and First United Methodist Church all of Nokomis.

Mrs. Betzold is survived by her children, Bruce Betzold (friend Tami Monahan) of Nokomis and Barbara (Mark) Paine of Vandalia; grandchildren, Austin Betzold and Nicole McGee; and  a cousin, Gary Lessman of Knoxville, TN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, on February 4, 2014; brother, Earl Sorrells; and her parents.

Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church of Nokomis, the War Memorial of Nokomis Memorial Park or the Nokomis Pool Fund. Condolences may be left online at 


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