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Betty Lucille James

October 5, 1935 December 1, 2018
Betty Lucille James
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Betty L. James (Brueck)

On December 1st of 2018, Betty L. James (Brueck) passed away from cancer. Betty was born in Nottawa, Michigan to Lewis F. and Irene L. (Heinrich) Brueck and she was the youngest of ten children. Betty and her family grew up in the Centreville/Nottawa area.

While attending Centreville High School, she was elected president of her class. Upon graduating from Centreville High School in 1954, she attended Mercy Nursing School in Detroit. Betty was working as a nurse in Sturgis, Michigan when she met her future and lifelong husband Earl W. James.

Betty and Earl wed in August of 1955 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kokomo, Indiana.

Betty became a mother in 1956 when her first daughter Deborah was born. Betty and Earl went on to have two additional children Diana and Mark.

While raising her three children, Betty continued her career by working at Seaway Hospital in Trenton, Michigan as a registered nurse.

As for her formal education; Betty obtained LL.B. from Blackstone School of Law in 1960. She continued with her education and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Madonna College in 1974 specializing in nursing. Betty became a lifelong Spartan when she graduated with her Masters of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1977 majoring in continuing education.

In 1975, Betty moved to the Lansing area and took a position as a licensing officer/surveyor for the State of Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services. Betty received numerous awards including being named the Surveyor of the year for the State of Michigan.

Upon retirement from the state, Betty became an entrepreneur and created her own company (International Forensic Services) where she worked as a nursing consultant for numerous nursing care facilities in Michigan.

As for professional awards and organizations; in 2006, Betty was the first person from St. Joseph County (Michigan) inducted into the 4-H Emerald Clover Society for her distinguished leadership and community service. Also, in 2010 Betty was named as a fellow in the American Academy of Forensics Sciences. Betty was also very active with the Sons of the American Revolution (German Society).

She was a devout Lutheran and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing, Michigan. She rarely missed church and she had a singing voice of an angel which will be sorely missed.

Most importantly, she was an inspiration to everyone who came into contact with her and set the highest standard for being a Christian, wife, mother, leader and professional business woman.

Betty leaves behind: Marge P. (Brueck) Gay (sister), and Rolland E. Brueck (brother) both of Sturgis, Michigan, her daughters Deborah A. (James) Dendtler of Virginia, Diana James of Bowling Green, Kentucky and son Mark (Peggy) James of Sheridan, Indiana. Additionally, Betty leaves behind her grandchildren: Dr. Katheryne Downes of Tampa, Florida; Leland (Lori) James of Greendale, Indiana; Dr. Luke James of Westfield, Indiana and Allison Dendtler of Virginia. Finally, Betty leaves behind two great grandchildren Maverick James and Capri James both of Greendale, Indiana.

Betty is preceded by her parents Lewis F. Brueck and Irene L. (Heinrich) Brueck, and her brothers Lloyd L., Maurice W., Robert L. and Kenneth Brueck. Also proceeding Betty were her sisters; Lorene (Brueck) Wittenberg, and Doris R. (Brueck) Zielke and her husband Earl W. James.

There will be no funeral service (upon Betty’s request) however there will be an interment service at a later date which will take place at her final resting place in the Sparta Cemetery located in Kimmell, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church at 501 West Saginaw Street, Lansing, MI 48933. The family has entrusted arrangements to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, MI. www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com


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