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Betty Dody

November 7, 2022

Betty Dody, Newton, KS, former director and owner of Candy Cane Corner Nursery School, passed away November 7, 2022, at the age of 90.  She was born December 4, 1931, in Bucklin, Kansas to Frank and Bertha Hoffman. She was a 1949 graduate of Bucklin High School. In 1951 she received an associate’s degree and teaching certificate from Dodge City Junior College, and

taught school in rural Dodge City, KS. She married Donald E. Dody August 6, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church in Bucklin, KS, and remained married to Don for 70 years until his death in 2020.


Betty spent her entire career providing an unconditional loving, nurturing and learning environment for many children in Newton as owner of Candy Cane Corner Nursery School for 30 years; and after retirement in 1996, she was Lead Staff for Infants at Sunshine Day Care Center. She was honored during her career to be selected in 1969 as Business and Professional Newton Area Women of the Year. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton where she volunteered in the church nursery and was a member of Rachel Circle and UMW. She had fond memories as a member of the Sassy-Brassy Red Hatters.


Betty is survived by her son, Terry (Deb Scott) Dody of Manhattan, KS; daughters, Susan Hutton of Wichita and Judy (Dean Long) Carnes of Overland Park, KS; former daughter-in-law, Ginger Dody of Emporia, KS, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.


Betty was predeceased by her husband, Don Dody; brother, Harold Hoffman; great-grandson, Lawson Dody; and son-in-law, Mark B. Hutton.


Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., November 17, 2022, in the chapel at Peterson’s Family Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114.  Private family burial will follow funeral service.




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11 thoughts on “Betty Dody

  1. My deepest condolences to your Families. She was loved by many, and will never be forgotten. I thank her for being a part of my children’s lives… she has a Beautiful Soul💔🙏🏼

  2. My deepest condolences. She was a truly wonderful woman. I have very fond memories from their preschool family and am blessed to have been influenced at a young age by her.

  3. My deepest condolences to the Dody family, my son was blessed to have been able to attend Betty’s wonderful Candy Cane daycare for four years. What a beautiful mother you all had, she will be dearly missed and never forgotten. RIP Betty I know you walk in our Lords light…❤️

  4. Dody family: We had the privilege of having 2 generations from our family attend Candy Cane Corner Nursery school. Betty Dody was loved by all she came in contact with. She had a heart of gold for children, and it showed. The house on 1st street will always be the Dody house. Thank you for sharing her with the Newton community. We feel your loss.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss! My 2 younger brothers and myself got the privilege to get to know Betty Dody when we went to Candy Cane Corner. Betty was loving, gentle, and kind! I will never forget her!

  6. I am so sorry for your loss she was such a wonderful lady, I got the chance to meet her when Don was in the Nursing home I had taken care of him, both of them were great people ❤.

  7. Oh, Mrs. Dody, you are loved and will be missed by SO MANY!! I had the privilege of attending Candy Cane Corner as a child, as well as working with her @Sunshine Academy. I was so thrilled, honored to have her take care of me AND to get to work with her. What a great, terrific, blessed person she was and thank you for sharing her with the Newton Community. My heartfelt prayers, condolences, love to her family and friends. Rest Easy, you have earned it, Mrs. D

  8. I am so sorry to hear about your mom! She touched and influenced the lives of many young people including her own children & grandchildren! May your special memories carry you through the hard days ahead. ❤️

  9. Betty was an amazing friend. I never saw her without a smile. See you in Heaven Betty. Condolences to your family.

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