In Memory of Betty Jane Cullen

Betty Jane Cullen
Betty Jane Cullen
Born: April 18, 1925
Died: October 16, 2019
Age: 94
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Betty Jane Cullen
April 18, 1925 - October 16, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Betty Jane Cullen, age 94, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Mark Aurand will officiate. Committal will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home, of Ida Grove, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Betty Jane Cullen, the daughter of La Rue and Sarah (Scatterlee) McShane, was born on April 18, 1925, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She grew up in Ida Grove and in her youth worked as a waitress and gas station attendant.

On May 22, 1949, Betty was united in marriage to Richard Cullen. Richard was enlisted in the United States Marines which would take the couple to North Carolina and California before relocating back to Le Mars, Iowa. They later retired to Ida Grove, Iowa.

Betty enjoyed the great outdoors and had a love for nature. She liked traveling, fishing, animals, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Betty loved to meet new people and see new places. She loved dogs, cats and horses.

She is survived by her nephew, Marc (Maria) McShane; nieces: Vicki (Robert) McShane, Karrie McShane, Tammy McShane, Roxane (Ali) Merhi, Cathy (Darren) Hamilton, Susan McShane, Cindy (Stuart) Freeman, Michelle (Michael) McFarland, Michelle McShane and Kathy McShane; numerous extended nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents La Rue and Sarah McShane; Husband Richard Cullen; brothers Thomas (Carolyn & Amporn) McShane and Donald (NanHi & Joyce) McShane; and sister JoAnn McShane in infancy.



11:00 a.m., Saturday
November 2, 2019
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Mark Aurand


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Ave Maria"
"Beyond The Sunset"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Irish Blessing"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:53 PM
“Betty was a great person who was there for others! Be it a visit to the nursing home, a ride or coffee with the women! She was a personal friend of my mothers and will be missed by many.”
- Linda (Wehner) Bates
Monday, October 28, 2019 at 8:57 AM
“We are so sorry about Betty's passing, she was one of the great Ladies of Ida Grove. We always enjoyed talking to her. May God have mercy on her sole....Ken & Ann Thornhill”
- Ken & Ann Thornhill
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:49 AM
“Sorry to hear about Betty's passing... She was a friend of my families in Ida Grove, not living too far from them... Henry and Violet Schau… She was always helping those who needed a lift in her little green van... Sincere condolences to her family and friends. ”
- Mareta Vermeys
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:49 AM
“The little Irish lady.. May you shine in eternal light in the arms of our Lord and with Mom, Dad "Cat, Donnie and the rest of family and friends. We will miss you so much and your very friendly ways. Janice ( Monroe) Mcguire and Brothers ”
- Monroe family
Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“Marc, Kerri, Roxie, Susie, & Kathy:
Words cannot express my sadness 😢
Betty was such a sweet, caring lady. Always thinking of others first.
Fly high beautiful lady 😇”
- Mary Jo Moten
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