Betty White

Betty White

Betty White of Battle Creek (formerly of Otsego) went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Battle Creek. Betty was born March 2, 1926 in Otsego the daughter of Eber and Helen (VanFleet) Smith. She had received a teaching certificate from Allegan County Normal School.

Surviving are her children, Richard Veenkant of Battle Creek, Robert ‘Bob’ Veenkant of Covington, KY, Chuck (Pam) Veenkant of Kalamazoo, Helen Kerne of Pomeroy, WA, ZoAnn Veenkant of CA and James White of McKinney, TX; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special niece Deborah (Greg) Guina.

Betty was preceded by 2 husbands, Herman Veenkant and Jesse White; an infant daughter Barbara Jean in 1951; 4 sisters, Dorothy Smith, Helen Thompson, Evelyn Ringel and Frances Smith; a brother, Harold Smith;.

Friends may meet with Betty’s family at the Northeastern Baptist Church, 6536 E. G Ave., Kalamazoo on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10-11 A.M. where a Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Pastor Greg Bishop, officiating. Burial will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Funeral Home for expenses. Messages of condolence may be posted at

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  1. Debbie Guina says:

    Always so hard to say goodby to our loved ones. At least we have the comfort of knowing that your mom is so happy and has perfect peace, as she is with the Lord, and reunited with her mom and siblings.
    Many fond memories of time spent with Aunt Betty! She had a fun sense oh humor! So glad that I had the chance to take her and my mother to lunch a couple years ago!
    Love and Prayers for all of you!

  2. Zoeann White/Veenkant says:

    Mom you were a fighter until the bitter end, and you said your good bye to me by saying “Hi Zoe”, Monday prior to your passing. You were so proud of me when I stopped drinking and said “you never thought you would live to see the day when I stopped drinking”. You ask that I promise you that I would stop drinking last August and I had no reply because I didn’t want to tell you something that I wasn’t even considering at the time. I will remember the happiness in your voice when I told you I stopped drinking and it made me feel so good that you were so pleased! In honor of you I will never consume any mind altering substance. I love you mom rest in Peace! You will forever live within me, your babygirl!

  3. pam veenkant says:

    I cannot say enough to Winkle funeral home for all of their care for the family of Betty White. It was a very hard day for the family and we were all blessed to have Betty in our lives. Thank you and thank the Lord for watching over everyone today and giving us a beautiful day outside, and in our hearts to celebrate her life. She will be missed greatly.

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