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Betty M. White

September 30, 1924 February 22, 2021
Betty M. White
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Betty M. White, 96, died peacefully at home in Lansing on Monday, February 22, 2021.

Betty was the youngest of four children of Margaret (Holmes) and Leland Miller. She grew up in Holt and Lansing, graduating from Lansing Central High in 1942. She was a clerk, then secretary with Lansing Municipal Court, State of Michigan DNR, and Capitol Savings. She met her husband, Elmer R. White while they were working for the DNR. They were married in 1954 and lived happily together until his death in 2016. She was preceded in death by her brother Paul and his wife Millie, her brother Rex and his wife Eve, and by her sister Barbara and her husband Elmer (Peterson). She leaves behind a big family of cousins, nieces and nephews, and “grands” and “great grands.” And she seemed to know all the branches of the family tree—along with most of the other trees in our neck of the woods!

She will be remembered as a lively, caring and concerned neighbor by her many friends in the neighborhood, where she was the fit, trim, and tanned “pool lady” for so many years.

Betty was a longtime supporter of MSU and WKAR where she volunteered for 25 years. She counted on the radio for classical music and the TV for news and entertainment. She and Elmer loved Copper Harbor and spent many happy Fall seasons in the Keweenaw peninsula. From their first visits to the Estivant Pines they have supported the Michigan Nature Association and its efforts to preserve forest lands. Betty and Elmer also support Michigan Tech and its School of Forestry, where Elmer graduated.

The family would like to thank Betty's helpful, connected, caring neighbors for teaming up to support her, especially in these last two years. Thanks too, to the friendly staff of McLaren Hospice for care at home; and all the in-home caregivers who have provided so much support in her time of need. Now you all know why this lady was so special to all of us.

In accordance with her wishes no funeral or graveside services will be held. Interment will be at Chapel Hill. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be given to WKAR or MNA.

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Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

4444 W. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906

4444 W. Grand River Ave. Lansing 48906 MI
United States

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