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Betty Jean Rickle, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, October 8, 2011 at Metron of Greenville. The daughter of Lyle George & Leola Belle (Boyce) Emmons, she was born on August 23, 1926 in Greenville.

She was a proud graduate of the Class of 1944 of Greenville High School and on September 12, 1945, at her parents home, she married Arthur L. Rickle following his discharge from the U.S. Navy after World War II.

Together, Betty and Art enjoyed over 60 years of marriage and raised three children. Betty enjoyed traveling, golf, and league bowling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur L. “Art” Rickle on January 13, 2006; and a brother, Robert L. “Bob” Emmons.

Surviving are her three children, Linda Bitner, Randy & Sherry Rickle, and Kevin A. & Kendra Rickle, all of Greenville; nine grandchildren, Lisa Hill, Lori Bitner, Heather Bitner, Holly Bitner, Tricia & Tom Slavens, Nathan Rickle, Joseph Rickle, Tara Rickle, and Bryce Rickle; eleven great grandchildren, Amanda Cass, Jonae Tabor, Desiree Bitner, Trey Chapin, Cameron Patrick Misner, Eris Alain Misner, Aaron Arthur Rickle, Aiden Jaye Rickle, Owen James Rickle, Dylan Daniel McCoy, and Madilyn Ramona Slavens; two great-great grandchildren, Corbin Tabor and Jocelyn “JD” Rookus; a sister, Eleanor Gallagher of Greenville; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Emmons of Greeville: special nieces and nephews, Debbie Gallagher, Becky Knapp, Jeff & Catrina Emmons, and Sharon Kay Hilliker, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate and burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to either the Patient Activities Fund at Metron of Greenville or Hospice of Michigan will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. Anonymous on October 8, 2011 at 12:00 am


    10/10/2011 –

    Joe Kulas

    To the Rickle family: So sorry to read about your loss. May God bless you all at this difficult time.

    10/10/2011 –

    Craig and Sheila

    Randy,Sherry and the rest of Betty’s family. We know your sadness, but now she is at peace. She was a fun lady and made the world around her a better place, she was loved by all. Are prayers are with you.

    10/10/2011 –

    Mary Rausch

    Linda, Lori and all the Bitner girls, I never met your mom, but considering how much I love all of you, I’m certain I would have loved her more. You are in my thoughts and in my heart. Love, Mary

    10/10/2011 –

    Skeeter and Sue Davis

    Randy,Linda, and Kevin, my deepest condolences for a special lady that ive always said made the best damn pickles this side of Gillete Wyoming.R.I.P. Betty.

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    Linda, Randy, Sherry, Kevin,Kendra and Family,
    We were so sorry of about Betty. Please know that you are being thought about during this difficult time. Betty has been a patient of ours since Nov. 1995 will be greatly missed.
    Dr. Rocky Hansen, Dr. Anne Pfeffer, Dr. Shane Stewart and Staff

    10/10/2011 –

    Bonnie Christensen

    To the Rickle family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I was often your babysitter before Kevin was born. My mom, Irene Williams, lived next door. Your parents were so nice and so much fun. Bonnie Christensen Irene Williams

    10/10/2011 –

    Betsy Curtis

    Randy, Sherry and family, I’m sorry that your Mom has passed on. Please take care of yourselves.

    10/10/2011 –

    Michael Schreiner

    It’s been a long time since we played in your back yard on Pearl Street. I often think of you kids. Nancy and I extend our condolences.

    10/10/2011 –

    Kim Mathewson

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Betty was an awesome lady, with a great sense of humor and wonderful heart. Cherish your memories!

    10/10/2011 –

    Nan Ellis

    Sheryl and family We are all sadden with the loss of Betty. She made us laugh and touched us all. We miss her and are greatful that God put her in our lives. Betty enjoyed visiting with each of us and telling stories of her children. She was not shy to share such events with us. Sheryl, she was so blessed to have you as her daughter in law. She would light up everytime we would talk about family and was proud for all the work you do for others. We all pray for you and know that Betty is in God’s Loving arms. Your family at Metron of Greenville

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    10/10/2011 –

    Deb Skarl

    Linda and Family, Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all always. Love you Linda

    10/09/2011 –

    Delene (House) Cramer

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Gramma Rickle was a very special lady. Cherish your memories and share them often. Rest In Peace gramma. Much Love and *hugs* all around.

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