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Betty L. Godin

Betty went home to rest with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, June 19, 2020, on her own terms, surrounded by her family at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born January 11, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of Willie and Bertha (Rudd) Greene. Betty was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed sewing clothes for her children when they were young. She also liked to go dancing with her husband Leonard. Betty was a Christian woman with a strong faith and was a member of Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Dutton.

On August 19, 1950 in Detroit she married Leonard Godin who preceded her in death in 1982.

Surviving are her children, Vicky Byers, Kathy (Ron Fraaza) Godin, Bill (Chris) VanEyl-Godin, Nancy Godin and Becky Godin; grandchildren, Dr. Mandy (Dr. Matthew Kruse) Byers, Jodey (Michael Crowley) Byers, Karissa (Roger) Kienast, Phillip (Jacob Beach), Daniel, Kelsey, Lily and Lewi VanEyl-Godin; great-grandchildren, Aden, Anna and Martha along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings and son-in-law, Joseph Byers.

A private graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell, with Pastor Todd Smith officiating.

Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the

Living Hope Assembly of God Church

or to

Lending Hands of Portage


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Cheryl Coots

June 19, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Lots of precious memories with my sweet Aunt, mean lots of tears now. She was one special lady, who will be greatly missed. Enjoy the family reunion in Heaven….we will see you when it’s our time….she is singing & laughing & whole now.

Love & Prayers for those still here.

~ Lee & Cheryl


Amy Smith

June 19, 2020 at 10:09 pm

I’m so sorry to see this! Betty was such a friendly, kind woman with a beautiful smile on her face. I have special memories of her and your dad. Please know I will be thinking of all of you during this time.


Greg and Sharon

June 24, 2020 at 9:39 pm

What a kind and gentle spirit this lovely lady was. Rest In Peace Aunt Betty. You will be truly missed.


Annette Y Hoppenworth

June 25, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is so difficult. I will be praying for peace as you start this long process of grieving. Rest in the knowledge that she is now pain free and surrounded by the loved ones she has missed.


Janet and Dennis Kiel

July 2, 2020 at 8:15 am

Kathy and Ron,

So sorry for your loss of your Mom. I know your grief is eased because you know she rests now with Jesus.

You are in our prayers. We love you.


Judy (Stark) Hunt

August 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm

My heart is heavy to hear of your loss. Betty was a wonderful person–beautiful inside and out. She was so extremely instrumental in forming me as a person and I am every so grateful. At a time in my life when I needed love and hope, she and Leonard took me into their home and showed me what love was like. Her home is where I learned what it meant to be a family. We shared a birth date and celebrated my 12th and her 32nd birthdays with a joint party at her home on Craft street. I still love vanilla ice cream on my waffles! She was my first Sunday School teacher at the Northside Assembly of God Church in Kalamazoo. So many memories of her flood my mind and each of them is heart warming. Although I haven’t talked with Betty for a long time I think of her, Leonard, and the children so many times. Knowing she is in heaven and at last with her Leonard, whom she loved deeply, gives me comfort as I hope it comforts her children as well. Peace be with you.


Susan minegar

September 9, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Praying that God comforts you and your loved ones. Hugs as you walk this journey, knowing your hope is in Jesus.

Susan and Mark Minegar


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