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Des Moines – Betty June (Blankenship) Harless, 67, died Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Rehab Center in Des Moines.  A private family burial was held recently in the Lanesboro Cemetery.

Betty was born on June 5, 1953, in Lake City, Iowa, to Lester and Julia Louise (Smith) Blankenship.  She grew up in Lake City and graduated from Lake City High School in 1972.  On April 30, 2002, Betty married Russell E. Harless in Las Vegas, NV. She worked in the laundry department at Luther Park Nursing Facility in Des Moines for 30 years before retiring on a disability in 2014.

She loved her cats Hemi and Sammy; enjoyed watching old westerns; anything Betty Boop and family pictures.

Survivors include Betty’s husband Russell Harless of Des Moines; step-children Jessie (Michelle) Harless of Des Moines and MaryJane (David) Harless-Smith; brothers Donald of Hope Mills, NC and Danny (Rita) of Bear Creek, CA; sisters Peg (Neil) Toyne of Huber Heights, OH and Rachel (Robert) Hestbech of Grand Forks, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents Lester and Julia Louise (Smith) Blankenship; sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Harry Hargis; brothers Gary and David Blankenship.


We come to you, heavenly Father, because where else can we turn.  As the Psalmist said Psalm 128:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

We come to you alone, O Lord, because Scripture tells us Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  That is who we are this day; we are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit.  We are gathered today to comfort each other in our grief and strengthen each other as we mourn.  But despite our love for one another we are limited by physical bodies.  However, You, O God can reach to the depth of the heart and seat of our souls.  Thank you for promising to be close to us on this day of need.

Steel our faith.  Strengthen our belief.  Embolden our conviction that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all.  He is not willing that any should perish.  He came not only to forgive our sin, but to conquer death.  All praise to Him and because we know this to be true, we believe with certainty your word in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18  Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Hear our prayer in the name of Christ, Amen.

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