STERLING – Elizabeth L. “Betty” Puckett, 92, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Coventry Living Center in Sterling.
She was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Tampico, the daughter of Andrew K. and Mary D. (DeMay) Staelens. She married Robert V. Puckett on May 24, 1941, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1994. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling.
Survivors include her seven daughters, Kathleen (Robert) Whetsel of Pecatonica, Christine (William) Howard of Rockford, Dianne (Doug) Naujeck of Middleton, Wis., Mary Sue Puckett and Theresa Smith, both of Sterling, Nancy (Gustavo) Zepeda of Santa Maria, Calif., and Sharon Puckett of Sterling; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Weidel; and three brothers, Ray, Hugh, and Al Staelens.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with the rosary recited at 1:45 p.m., Sunday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. James Keenan officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.