Betty worked at a dry good store and attended Eden High School, Virgil, Ont. After their marriage, Betty and John moved to Winnipeg and worked as janitors at MB Collegiate Institute. After Herb was born, Betty and John fostered some 19 children between 1953–70, and they adopted Rosalie and Nancy. While John was building transmitters for CFAM, Betty and John moved back and forth between Altona, Winnipeg and Boissevain, Man., Swift Current, Sask., and Paraguay, finally settling in Altona. They loved travelling to Ontario and Germany. Betty was a great singer and a lover of children.