Betty Ann was born in Lyman County on the way to the hospital as a triplet with Billie Mae and Bernard on January 31, 1930 to C. Edward and Naomi (Anderson) Schooler. The trio was born as the middle children of a family of 15. In 1934, the family moved from the family homestead south of Reliance to a farm south of Oacoma less than half a mile from White River. Betty attended the Walker Country School through the eighth grade. During the summers she worked in the two acres of gardens with her family. She helped take care of her younger siblings and would help care for neighbors families.
Betty was united in marriage to Wayne Ellis on September 9, 1950 at Pierre, and to that union seven children were born: Danny, Dickey, Darrell, Nancy, Cindy, Annette, and Scott. After their marriage, they lived near the river at Iona until 1952 when they moved to Hamill and began raising their family. In 1969, they moved to Chamberlain where they continued to raise their children and later enjoy their grandchildren.
Betty worked as a cook at the Hamill School, and a waitress at the Rainbow Cafe and the Truck Arena. She also worked as a cashier at Joe’s Super Value and most recently at Alco. She was a Tupperware consultant for many years.
She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, and sewing. She sewed and mended many items for people over the years.