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Meet Your Neighbor

Meet your neighbor Bette June (Rice) Mapes, born in Kansas City, Missouri and was blessed with wonderful Christian parents Earl and Pearl Rice.

Bette June was raised 7 miles northwest of La Harpe, 2 1/2 miles west of Disco, on her parents farm with her sister Wanda Jean (Rice) Kurrle, who now lives in Davenport, Iowa.

Bette June attended her grade school years at little country schools, Alma Mater, Tilton, Durham Center, and graduated from 8th grade at the Durham Community Consolidated school. She then attended La Harpe High school graduating from there in 1961.

She is thankful for God giving her a wonderful husband, Danny of 48 1/2 years now. When they were first married they lived on her families farm and raised their children until moving into La Harpe in 1988.

They are blessed with 4 wonderful children. A daughter Brenda and Mark Rulon of rural Argyle, Iowa; 3 sons, Bill and Stacey Mapes of Simi Valley, California, Michael and Amanda Mapes and family of Hanna City, and Murphy and Kelly Mapes and family of La Harpe. Danny and Bette June are blessed with 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Bette June has been retired for 15 years now from Methode Electronics in Carthage. She loves spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She enjoys taking photos of family, friends, nature. She joined the Love La Harpe project earlier this year and tries to get pictures taken of all the events to get on Facebook for all to see. She still does scrapbooking and working with her flowers and plants inside. She also enjoys baking goodies.

She and Danny both enjoy country dancing and have been doing this for around 20 years now.

Bette June is a member of the Union Church in La Harpe and belongs to La Harpe High School Legends on Facebook.

She believes that one should always live each day to the fullest because tomorrow is never promised.