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Betty Jean Williams, our dear sister, aunt and friend was born on December 15, 1943 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Grand Rapids. She passed away after a long illness on March 9, 2020.

Jean graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School in 1962. She attended Michigan State University and received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1971.

She spent many years living and working in Seattle, Washington, returning to Michigan in the 1990’s where she lived in Grand Haven, before returning to Middleville in 2006.

Jean enjoyed music, gardening, reading, socializing, the Detroit Tigers, and traveling. Her many trips took her to Germany, Belize, Spain, Mexico, and many other spots around the world.

She is survived by her aunt, Mary Roberts, brother, John & Mary Ann Williams; sister, Joan & Roger Urbanski; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, James E. & Virginia Mae (Misner) Williams; and brother, James E. Williams Jr.

The family would like to acknowledge the kindness and care of Metron of Belding and Spectrum Health Hospice with special thanks to Mandy Krum and Cheryl Masalkowski. Those who wish to make contributions in Jean’s memory can direct them to Spectrum Health Hospice. Services and burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, in Middleville will take place privately.

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Cremation arrangements  are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Lynn Dean Cairns on March 17, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Betty Jean was one of my favorite classmates in the class of 62. I only saw her several times after graduation, but the most enjoyable was at a class reunion dinner around 2003 or 2004. We talked about achievements in life and she commented that she was well pleased with her life at that time. I asked her if she felt that she had been “successful” and she believed that if you mean satisfied with my life, then yes I have been successful. I reminded her that she was voted most likely to succeed buy her classmates and I agreed with her that her life was indeed a great success. I am so glad that I had that time setting beside her at dinner that evening. Thanks to her family and friends who shaped her life and shared the journey of such a meaningful life. I feel a loss just knowing that she is no longer with us.

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