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Betty J. Crandell, age 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021. She was born on December 24, 1937, in Wyoming Michigan, to Theodore & Irene (Dykstra) Sytsma.

Betty married Wallace Crandell on April 27th 1957. they had four children Beck, Jack, Chuck and Jill. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mom, enjoyed Saturday road trips visiting family catching up on all the news! She loved the summers, you could usually find her on the porch enjoying a good book! Mom loved her animals, they were so spoiled!

Mom, was an amazing parent with a kind and caring heart. She had a listing ear, no judgment just love! She was known as Mrs. C to all our friends, inviting you in for chili, Friday night pizza or a beer. The house was always full of friends and family laughing and having a good time.

Grandma, was loved by all her grandchildren and great grandchildren! They loved going to her house, “sure to find a special surprise in the drawer” and a lap to snuggle on with lots of giggles and treats! We all enjoyed the family cookouts and hanging by the pool that our grandpa built in 1956.

SammieJo Loved – The strength, fight and passion she had inside her! The love, care and protection for her loved ones, until the very end.
Nichole Loved – How caring she was. She was always worrying about my damn cows!!…& ducks!

Betty retired from Meijer after 25 yrs. She gained a lifetime of friends! They thought she was the best, always happy and helping others!

Survivors include son, Charles Crandell; daughter, Jill Foster (Crandell); grandchildren, SammieJo Kornoelje, Wade & Samantha Kornoelje, Nicole & Mitchell Elsey, Cody Crandell, JJ Crandell, Kevin Wilson and Ira Foster; great grandchildren, Kinsly & Hoyt Kornoelje and Silver Crandell; many nieces, nephews and friends which were all special to her!

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wally Crandell; son, Jack Crandell; daughter, Becky Crandell; both parents; sisters, Shirley Sullivan and Dorothy Anzac; and brother, Theodore Sytsma.
Per her wishes cremation has taken place. Due to continued state restrictions on public gatherings, private services will be held later this summer.

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  1. Kerri and Joe Popowich on January 20, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Rest In Peace Betty. Thank you for sharing your books with me, and so much more!

  2. Kylie Lehnen on January 21, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Grandma Crandell 💗 I count myself lucky to have met her, she was such a special person. I really appreciate how warm and welcoming she was to me over the years, always. Sadly the last time I saw her was at Jack’s funeral. Silver and I brought balloons for everyone to release, she came over to me while they were floating away just to thank me for doing that because she thought it was such a neat way to say goodbye. I hope we can all do the same for her when restrictions are lifted. I’m very sorry for the family’s loss, but glad she is free of pain and in a better place. 💗💗💗

  3. Matt kurek on November 9, 2022 at 6:52 am

    I am so very sorry.
    I didn’t hear of her passing until recently.
    Betty and family always the nicest people one could be around.
    I had many great memories at the pool and other parties in the hood.
    Rest in peace.

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