Betty James

Betty James

Betty Ailene James, of Plainwell, MI passed away at her home, Sunday, November 25, 2012. She was born September 22, 1918, daughter of Hobart and Lucille Hale. She graduated from Richland Agricultural School in 1936, spent one year at Western State Teachers College and one year at Parsons Business College. She was employed as secretary and telephone operator in Prairieville, Delton and Augusta until dial phones were adopted. Betty worked 38 years at Brown Co. and Georgia Pacific Co., then 24 years with State Theater and four outlying theaters. She retired at age 84.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Walter James and Everett Conklin; and brother, Sydney Hale. She is survived by step-children, Thomas (Zadie) Conklin, David (Kathy) Conklin, Mary (Dale) York and Kerry (Kathy) Conklin; sister-in-law, Wilma Hale; cousins, Stuart Akon and Maxine Conibear; and nephews, Donald and Dennis Hale; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family appreciates the many hours of love and care these past 8 years given by good friend and P.O.A., Gail Brock; special care giver, Janelle Quigley; Steven Cutler, friend from California, who sent many cards and calls of encouragement; Senior Services; Absolute Care; Dr. Born and staff; Hospice and Meals on Wheels.

Betty donated her body to the University of Michigan Medical School. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 10, 2012, at Family Worship Center, Church of God, 5841 East H Ave., with Bishop Lane Davis and Rev. Kerry Conklin officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to TCT Ministries, Inc. P.O. Box 1010 Marion, IL 62959, the Christian television station that Betty loved and watched her Sunday bible studies with Dr. Charles Stanley.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Betty is now an Angel in Heaven! She was an Angel on Earth; she was such a special lady! I am so happy that we could know her! She was a blessing to my daughter, Janelle. We were so sad to hear of passing. She will be greatly missed by all of us. She brought so much happiness to my daughter and we thought of her like a grandmother. We are not blessed very often by such a wonderful, gentle person as Betty was! She made me realize just how precious life is – when God calls, we have to be ready! It makes me just a little more appreciative of my family and what it means to stay close to them while we can! Rest in peace, Betty, you are finally with God and all the other Angels! Look down on us and hold Janelle in your heart and give her strength!

  2. Bob & Joyce Bloom says:

    So sorry to hear about Betty. Our sympathies to all of you. She was a very special lady.

  3. Fred Colgren says:

    On behalf of all your friend in 4th Battalion, MIVDF, we send you our prayers and condolences on the loss of your mother Betty.
    Please know that we are thinking of you and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    LTC C. Frederick Colgren

  4. Steve Cutler says:

    Betty is in Heaven with her Lord….Betty and I knew each other since 1975…She was a very special to me and touched my heart. I am going to miss our talks….We would talk two-three times a day about everything or just asking “what is the weather?”. Betty always wanted the best for people. She was a BELIEVER! I will never forget her. Betty I miss you already,Betty. I know you are safe and watch over all of us. Thank you Betty for many hours of your love and encouragement when I needed someone to talk to…..Your with God now…You will never be forgotten…I LOVE YOU!!!

  5. Janelle says:

    Miss Betty I love and miss you so much! You were such a wonderful person! I will always keep you close to my heart. Your David and Kathy have been such good people to me! Watch and pray and Teach me thy way. I’ll never forget you and every thing you have done for me. I will always keep your close relationship with steve so we can keep your memory alive. I am so happy that you are now at peace with God. Love always and forever Janelle

  6. David Johnson says:

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. My God bless you, and
    watch over you a nd your family.

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