Elizabeth E. Meacham

Elizabeth E. Meacham

Betty passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born May 6, 1922 in Wayland Township, the twelfth of thirteen children of the late William and Mary Caroline (Holderle) Wahmhoff. On August 30, 1941 she married Richard Meacham who passed away in 1990. She always loved music and played many instruments without ever having a lesson or learning to read music. In her early years, before WWII, she and Richard formed a band and played country music at the Otsego Grange Hall. Betty had worked as an aide at Alamo Nursing Home and had also driven bus for Otsego Public Schools at Alamo Valley School. She loved doing crafts, gardening, camping, raising her five children and later spending time with her eight grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Janice Gerhart, Sherry (Donald) Hurlbut and Richard Meacham; seven of her eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; two daughters, Bonnie Esman and Karen Clingan; a granddaughter, Tammie Moorlag and her husband, Joe; daughter-in-law, Sharon; sons-in law, Harvey and Bob and by all twelve of her siblings.

Friends may visit with Betty’s family Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Celebration of Betty’s life will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Green Bower Cemetery in Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to Alamo Nursing Home or Gentiva Hospice.

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

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Sherry and Don, Jan, and Rick, and your families. We are so very, very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a very special lady and was loved and admired by all who knew her. She truly will be missed by her family and so many other people who got to know her through the years. She is with your Dad again and she is now an angel who will watch over all of you forever and ever. We hope that your fond memories will help guide you through your grief in the coming days, months, and years. Take care now.

  2. Toni Mast says:

    Sherry: I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom a year ago in April. Please remember that her love for you and memories will be with you forever, and you can talk to her anytime you want. love, Toni

  3. Judith Hiemstra-Bronson says:

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Betty as always with a smile and always wanted a hug.

  4. Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    Sherry and family, our very deepest sympathy. May God’s Grace be with each of you. Hugs!

  5. Dixie Caldwell-Dalrymple says:


    Sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone no matter how long it had been since you saw her last. It’s been a very long time since our family (since 1957/58) has lived across the street from your mother. It’s funny how people stay connected over the years. She’s at peace.

  6. John C Pullen says:

    Sherry as I read your mother’s Obituary I notice your mother was born just 5 days after my father was born in 1922 in Wayland. I wonder if they knew each other growing up?

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. My Dad died only a month ago and I know how difficult this time is.


  7. Susan (Jerrett) and Tom Sawasky says:

    What an amazing lady. She was such a wonderful bus driver; so loving. She had an infectious smile and l looked forward to seeing her every day. One thing that has always stayed in my memory….The first day we were going to pick up black children (Darryl and Joy Russell), who had moved into our neighborhood . Betty stopped the bus before reaching their home. She knew we were unfamiliar with black children and she walked down the aisle and gave us all a loving talk about her desire for all of us to welcome the new children with open arms. I have no doubts that her little speech made a huge difference in all of our lives that day. As the years went by, I thanked her each time I saw her. I know she made a huge difference in mine.

  8. Ken & Chris says:

    Rick, Sherry and family.
    We’re so sorry for your loss. You’re in our heart thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you.

  9. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Sherry!! Memories of fun at the Meachams! Loved watching your parents and mine square dancing, too! Prayers and thoughts are with you!

  10. Kim & Bryon Sheldon says:

    Rick, Sherry, Jan & families, we were so sorry to read about Betty’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a great person and will be missed by so many.

  11. Fred Anderson says:

    Sherry/Don/Rick: It is with a heavy heart I read your Mom’s obite. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure you have many good memories of your Mom that you will continue to share with your children and grandchildren.

  12. Jerry Jerrett says:

    Betty was a fantastic lady. She was kind and loving, and I will continue to cherish my memories of her.

  13. Mike Booth says:

    Betty was a wonder person. I loved riding her school bus it was such a joy. Prayers for her and the rest of the family. I am sorry for your loss.

  14. Delores Denning says:

    Hello Aunt Betty’s family,
    I send my sincere sympathy on the passing of dear Aunt Betty.
    My mom, Evelyn, named Betty and was her god-mother.
    Aunt Betty took care of me many times as I grew up.
    We had many long, wonderful conversations.
    I really enjoyed her company.
    I will cherish her and the good memories.
    May she rest in eternal peace,
    Love, Delores Denning – Waterford MI

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