LUSK – Betty Ray Larson McInerney, age 89, of Spearfish, S.D. died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at her home.
Betty Ray Larson was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Lusk. She was the daughter of Raymond A. Larson and Grace (Zink) Larson of Lusk. Betty grew up on the ranch her father Ray homesteaded north and east of Lusk. At the age of 18, Betty was named Niobrara County Rodeo Queen. Betty loved ranching and remained active in it for much of her life. Betty was also an avid sports fan.
On Nov. 5, 1953, Betty married Jack Edwin Pfister of Lusk. Jack and Betty had two sons Jack Edwin Pfister Jr. and Patrick Ray Pfister. Jack and Betty were later divorced. Betty married John McInerney on July 28, 1968, in Spearfish, S.D. The couple spent many happy years together.
Betty is survived by her son Patrick Pfister of Pinedale, daughter-in-law Ronda Pfister of Lusk, grandchildren Cally Lund and Kaitlyn Pfister of Casper, Lacey Pfister of Alaska, great-grandson Jackson Lund of Casper, brother-in-law and wife Gerald and Jackie McInerney of Sundance, sister-in-law Carol McInerney of Spearfish, S.D. and nephew Dale Walker of Sidney, Neb.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sister Marjorie Walker, brother Wenton Larson, son Jack Edwin Pfister Jr. and her husband John.
Honoring Betty’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family asks memorials be sent to the Spearfish Senior Center in Spearfish, S.D. Betty spent many wonderful hours at the center playing cards with friends!