Betty Jo Carlsen, 92, of Newton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in her grandson's home in Marion, Iowa. A graveside service will be held at 11am Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Indianola. A luncheon will follow the service at Peterson Funeral Home at 602 E. Salem Ave. in Indianola. \nBetty Jo was born January 7, 1927 in Indianola, Iowa to Forrest N. and Mary (Weston) Gordon. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1945.\nBetty Jo was an amazing woman. She was beautiful, kind, and strong. \nShe loved reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting, and sewing small quilts. She was always ready for company and delighted in unexpected visits. She was a wonderful cook and made the best cookies. She always looked forward to watching the latest episode of Days of our Lives. \nBetty was the epitome of a classy lady. She always made you feel welcomed and loved. She always looked her best and exercised daily. She never said an unkind word, never complained, and was generous in every way. \nShe loved a good laugh and had a funny wit about her. Even in her nineties, she always knew how to relate to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren through humor and cookies! \nShe was independent early in life, working as a secretary at Newton Manufacturing, retiring in 1985.\nShe is survived by her four grandchildren; Elizabeth N. Schultz, Forrest N.G. Moore, Kenneth M. Moore, and Perry W. Moore, as well as six great-grandchildren; Mary B. Aiken, Forrest M. Moore, Marissa R. Moore, Hannah G. Moore, Ryan M. Moore, and Sierra M. Moore, a son-in-law Samuel A. Moore, and her dear friend Gene I. Buckley.\nBetty Jo was preceded in death by her son Robert Michael Crawford in infancy, daughter Cinderella Jo (Crawford) Moore in 2015, two husbands; Kenneth Robert Crawford in 1952 and Leonard Eugene Carlsen in 2001. \nShe was the love of our family and will be deeply missed.