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Betty Lorraine Gleason, age 81, of Turk Lake, rural Greenville, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

The daughter of Lester & Arlie (Kline) Thomas, she was born on Feb. 7, 1930, in Vicksburg. Following her graduation from high school, she married Eugene Gleason, Jr. on April 3, 1948.

Eventually making their home in Greenville, Betty retired from the former Gibson Refrigerator Company where she worked as both a welder and in the tool crib and was a member of UAW Local 137 — serving on both the Veterans and Retiree committees. She was a member of the Turk Lake United Methodist Church, the Trufant Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 383, the ladies auxiliaries of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville and the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan, as well as the Moose Lodge in Greenville.

She enjoyed dancing, playing shuffleboard at the Moose, as well as womens league bowling… having served as secretary of the Greenville chapter of the National Bowling League and past director of the United States Bowling Congress-Womens Bowling Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, William Thomas; her husband, Eugene Curly Gleason on Jan. 22, 2001; and a nephew, Milo Thomas.

Surviving are her children, Thomas Arden Gleason of Turk Lake, Kristie & Michael Perry of Irons, and Leslie Marie Algren of Grand Ledge; grandchildren, Michele & Brian Collins, Stacie & David Haberek, Robb & Stephanie Stratton, Wendy & Kenneth Binge, Thomas Arden & Michelle Gleason, Jr., Heather Marie & Michael Kilborn, Sarah Elizabeth Gleason, Cindy Algren, and Todd Algren; seventeen great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Wanda & Doug Weaver of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to the Trufant Chapter O.E.S. No. 383 will be available. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Turk Lake United Methodist Church, 8900 W. Colby Road, Greenville, with Pastor Kay Welsch officiating. A luncheon will follow and burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bettys online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com


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  1. Anonymous on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    03/28/2011 –

    Barbara McCallister

    To the children of Curly and Betty:
    I worked with both your parents at Gibson’s and will always have fond memories of them. You all have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was such a very nice person and I know how much you will miss her.


    03/25/2011 –

    Christine Campbell

    Les, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Having just lost my mother about five months ago, I can empathize with your loss. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. Chris


    03/24/2011 –

    Vanessa Human

    I truly am sorry for the loss of your mother. Your family is in my prayers.


    03/24/2011 –

    Vanessa Human

    I truly am sorry for the loss of your mother. Your family is in my prayers.


    03/24/2011 –

    Ketty Camilien

    Les, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Ketty


    03/24/2011 –

    Dave Bovell

    I share your sorrow. Guess the Lord wanted some “pot stikers.”


    03/23/2011 –

    Celia and Bernie Rorick

    Kristie, Les and Tom We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a beautiful person and one of my favorite cousins. She will be missed. Sorry we can’t be there for the funeral, but she will be in our prayers along with you also. It was so good to see her at our 50th anniversary. I will remember her everytime I see the beautiful picture frame she got us.
    Love all of you, Bernie and Celia Rorick


    03/23/2011 –

    Christine Campbell


    03/22/2011 –

    Judy Reusser

    Les: You know how I feel and I am so sorry I left when I did on Monday. I should have been there. Ed and I are thinking of you (all of you). Judy


    GLORIA NOLL

    So sorry to hear of Betty”s passing. enjoyed being friends with her over the years. We bowled together for a long time. She will sadly be missed.


    Chris Campbell


    Chris Campbell


    Leslie Anne Wood

    I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I knew her many years at Gibsons. She was always so pleasant and cheerful. Praying that the Lord will comfort and strengthen you during these difficult hours.


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