Betty Lea Arens was born January 15, 1934 to Jeslock and Leona McGee in Letcher, SD. She grew up and attended schools in Mitchell. On May 28, 1951 Betty married Jim Arens in the Notre Dame Chapel in Mitchell.
Over the years she worked for JJ Newberry’s and was a hostess at Smitty Restaurant and Allen’s Restaurant for over twenty years. After retiring she helped her husband with the family car business. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; her children: Pam Filter of Palmyra NE and special friend, Roy Coulter, one son, Don Arens of Mitchell; six grandsons: Tracy, Justin and Cory Filter all of Fremont, NE, Joel and Levi Arens of Houston, TX and Noah Arens of Mitchell; nine great-grandchildren and one brother, Larry McGee of Idaho.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jeanett Anderson and her son-in-law, Ray Filter.