Bloomington - Betty Jean
Johnson, 87, of Battle Creek, Michigan, formerly of Bloomington,
Illinois, passed away at 12:08 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013,
in Battle Creek.
She was born October 22, 1926, in
Tamalco,Illinois, to Robert and Mabel (Terry) Hastings, the second
of nine children. She loved school and learning and completed 12
grades in 10 years.
Betty married Robert Johnson in Ft.
Smith, Arkansas, on July 22, 1944, where he was stationed during
World War II. Robert passed away September 22, 2011 after 67 years
of marriage. Betty missed him every day since that day.
Robert and Betty had four children
who survive: Brenda (Don) Gothberg of Battle Creek, Michigan;
Janice (Ralph) Barclay of Wichita, Kansas; Norman (Judy) Johnson of
Atlanta, Georgia; and Kathy (Terry) Arington of Marquette Heights,
Betty is also survived by 14
grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was careful to notice
the unique traits of her grandchildren and to tuck a dollar for
each year of age in the birthday cards for the great-grandchildren.
One brother, two sisters, and a multitude of nieces and nephews
also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, three
brothers and two sisters.
She was a loving wife, caring
mother, and greatly loved grandmother. Betty was an exemplary
hostess and an outstanding cook. Many people enjoyed her gifts of
pies, cookies, and homemade bread. Doing for others brought her
Betty worked at the bank in
Stanford for many years retiring from there in 1992. She was known
for helping with painting and decorating projects at the Stanford
Church of God and Cross Pointe Church of God through the years.
Visitation will be Sunday, January
5, 2014, at Cross Pointe Church of God, 3101 Airport Road,
Bloomington, Illinois, from 4-7 p.m. The celebration of life will
be Monday, January 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Cross Pointe Church of
God in Bloomington. Pastors Ralph Barclay and Terry Arington, will
lead the service assisted by the pastoral staff. Burial will follow
at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Stanford, Illinois.
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling
arrangements for the family.
Memorial donations may be given to
Cross Pointe Church of God. Online condolences may be sent to
the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
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