1980 National Mother of the Year


1980 NMOYBetty Leggett Lieder was born in Northfield, Minnesota in 1924 and was the only child of Alvin and Clara Leggitt.  Her family moved to Waseca, Minnsota, where she graduated with Saluatorian honors in 1942.  She received the American Legion freshman, ” Best Citizen” award.  Betty attended St. Olaf College where she met Lyle Lieder.  They were married in 1944 and moved to Boston where they attended Boston University while serving two Methodist Churches in New Hampshire.  In 1946, they worked as summer missionaries in Mexico.  Although an accomplished musician, Betty received her BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Boston University in 1948.  Betty and Lyle served United Methodist Churches in Iowa and travelled extensively at home and abroad.  The Leiders were blessed with five children, and three grandchildren.  Her family and her church were the center of her life.