Betty Lutes

Betty Lutes

Betty Lou Lutes of Holland, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in Alamo. Mrs. Lutes was born March 10, 1941, in Allegan, Michigan to Guy and Elffie (Morris) Foote.

Betty had been employed at Pipp Community and Allegan General Hospitals as well as many other facilities, retiring from Houghton Lake Community Health after over 30 years as a registered nurse. In her leisure time she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting and reading. Betty also enjoyed snowmobiling, having lunch with friends and had spent many night with her family in their camper.

On July 1, 1961 she married Ernest “Jim” Lutes, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter and a son, Tammy Ellen Lutes of Holland and Thomas Allen (Betsy) Lutes of Otsego; two grandchildren, James Clayton (Cora) Lutes and Jessie Ellen Lutes; a great grandson, Clayton Jonathan Lutes.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jack and Lee.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Frank and Nola Tooker says:

    Prayers are with your family at this time..A parent is always a great loss…

  2. Bud & Betty Randall & girls says:

    Tom, Betsy and family – We are so sorry for your loss. May you have comfort knowing she is no longer in pain. May you always have your wonderful memories and pass them on to CJ, so he too will remember Grandma Betty.

  3. Jesse says:

    The love of a grandparent is never ending, never falters and never fades. I will keep you in my heart in your own special place. I love you always. RIP Grandma <3

  4. Amanda Powers says:

    Aunt Betty, You will be greatly missed, you were always fun to be around and fun to do things with. I love you and Miss you already. RIP

  5. Don & Sherry Hurlbut says:

    We were so sorry to learn of Betty’s passing. We used to be neighbors on 101st Avenue and snowmobiled with Jim & Betty. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

  6. Dick and Sylvia Davis says:

    Tom and Betsy sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Carolyn Abrams says:

    I have truly learned how to deal with illness with bravery from Betty. She is truly my inspiration, no more whining from me. I will so miss her, no matter how she felt, she was always upbeat and positive. We were blessed to have had her as long as we did. My sincere sympathy to Tammy, Tom, Betsy, Jim and the grandchildren. With love to all, Carolyn

  8. Karen Fritz says:

    Tammy, Tom & Betsy,
    Always remember the Love of your mom & her brothers & show it to others. I love you all & I’m praying for you all.Karen

  9. Carol Ann (Kennedy) Seekman class of '59 says:

    I remember Betty from school as being a friendly, outgoing person who always had a smile.

    She cared about others and that was evident

  10. Larry and Kathi Fuss says:

    Rest in peace my friend since Kindergarten! We had SO many fun times together! You have had a rough time for such a while and now will be free of all that! I treasure all the experiences we have had! Love and God Bless! Kathi

  11. Jill Krcatovich says:

    I worked with Betty at Allegan General Hospital. Betty was always upbeat at work, and it was a pleasure to work along side her. My condolences to you with your loss. I will always remember Betty fondly.

  12. Donna Rochow says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I also worked with Betty both at Allegan
    Gen. and Pine Oaks many years ago. I very much enjoyed working
    with her. Betty was a very strong lady and has taught us all a lot
    about how to fight and be strong, she fought a tough battle and won that battle many times, but now it is time for her to rest.
    I am glad I was able to know Betty, she will be remember fondly and
    missed by me so many others.

  13. Susan Bosma says:

    We send a hug to Betty’s family. We were so sorry to hear that Betty had passed away. I will always remember Betty’s smile,and the way she mentored me while working at Alamo Nursing Home.
    I so enjoyed babysitting for her neat children. Praying for God’s comfort in the days ahead. Love Fred& Sue Bosma

  14. Miriam Jones says:

    To the family of Betty Lutes
    Extending heartfelt thoughts and prayers of sympathy.
    Chersh all of your memories, as I have mine.

    Betty, a dear friend from our years of working at Pine Oaks Nursing Center, in Allegan. She was the Director of Nursing and I was the Office Manager. This was in the late 70’s-early 80’s. We have kept in touch all these years, altho its only been Christmas and birthday cards these last few years.

    We had many good parties and get togethers both at work and away from work. We created and took part in several mischivious jokes at others and to one another. Imagine the look on Betty’s face as she opened her office one morning……….it was completely empty! Drapes, desk, everything! After some questionable and fretful moments…….not to be showing any “Gotcha” look, she simply said, “I guess its time to paint and clean the carpet!” And so we did!

    I cherish the afgan Betty made for me. I’m sure she will be making more in Heaven for the angels…..

    Blessings to all of you.
    Miriam Jones

  15. Tammy Lutes says:

    Mom was the heart and soul of our family and she will be missed dearly. She was a very strong woman who was very devoted to my dad, her kids and her friends. Some of her last words to me were, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to leave you…but it’s my time to go.” She was always thinking of other people; that was just her way. Believe me when I say that she wants all of us to be happy and move forward with our lives. She loved life and she loved all of you! Thank you for the memories and funny stories!

  16. Michelle Blowers Johnson says:

    I remember Betty from when I worked at Allegan General in the psychiatric unit. She would come to the unit and check on things, always kind, thoughtful, and in my opinion, very sharp nurse.

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