Betty Rae (Peterson) Bruntz, 89, Springtown, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at her home.

She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Little River. She graduated from Little River High School.

She married Ruben Bruntz on July 18, 1948, in Little River. She taught school for many years in rural communities and had a passion for teaching and spent her life challenging others to learn something new every day. Together, they moved to Bazine and started the family business of Bruntz Plumbing and Appliance, which they ran together until 1992. In 1994, they retired and moved to Texas.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years; three sons, Michael Bruntz and wife, Joan, Bazine, Lynn Bruntz and wife, Darlene, Fenton, Mo., and Curtis Bruntz, McPherson; two daughters, Sharilyn (Bruntz) Wilson, Springtown, and Jan (Bruntz) Satrom and husband, Denis, Southlake, Texas; two sisters, Doris Peterson, Hutchinson, and Sharon Frazier, Little River; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Congregational Church, Bazine.

Memorials are suggested to Christ Pilot Me Hill, Bazine.