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Betty L. (Bloopy) Kuiper, of Portage, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the age of 88. Betty was born on January 24, 1933, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the daughter of Melvin and Elva (Schuyler) Wright. Betty is survived by her children, Rev. Deb (Patrick) Yurk, Bob (Linda) Kuiper, Scott (Ann) Kuiper, and Pam (John) Mattison-Kramer; grandchildren, Dr. Brian (Michelle) Yurk, Bobbie Kuiper, Rev. Kevin (Rachel) Yurk, Stephen (Ashley) Yurk, Sally Silveira (Raj Warpehoski), Nora (Candace Rowell) Kuiper, Ben Kuiper (Rachel Glass), Meghan (Matt) Johnson, Emily (David) VanDeraa, Jenna Mattison, Michael Mattison, and Mallory Mattison; honorary daughter, Joni Stimson and granddaughter Hannah Stimson; 13 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy Wright; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Kuiper; her parents; siblings, Donald (Carol) Wright, Harold Wright, and Carole (Bill) Gelbaugh. Betty was a long-time employee of the Upjohn Company in the payroll/shareholders records department. Betty was a long-time member of Trinity Reformed Church. Betty loved playing cards, camping especially in Pentwater, spending time with her family, knitting, and gardening. Betty was very proud of her family and loved spending time with each and every one of them. Betty was a special friend, aunt, grandma, and mom. Betty’s loving and nurturing presence will certainly be missed. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Centrica Care Navigators – Rose Arbor. Visitation will be at First Reformed Church of Portage, 7905 S. Westnedge, Portage, MI 49002 at 10:30 am on Friday, January 7, 2022, with service to follow at 12:00 pm at the same location and lunch immediately following.
While visiting Betty's tribute page, please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with her family. The Kuiper family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 5975 Lovers Ln., Portage, MI 49002. www.amsfuneralhomes.com. (269)344-5600.
Sending love and prayers for all family members during this time of loss. Although I haven't seen my cousin Betty Lou in approximately thirty years when she and Bob visited my mom in Florida, I have many fond memories. She was so caring and fun loving. See you in heaven Betty. ❤️
Charlotte Wright Krauch Jan 24 2022 11:21 AM
I loved being in bible study her very sweet god loving lady.sure going to miss her.praying god sends comfort to your family.
Jodi devries Jan 6 2022 4:54 PM
I worked with Betty over 30 years ago. She was a hoot, loved to laugh and have fun.
Kelly Mccarty Durham Jan 6 2022 8:18 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Betty Kuiper
Dave & Terri VanDeraa Jan 5 2022 6:25 PM
I will miss you, Aunt Betty! You always had a smile and a hug for me, and was so gracious and kind to everyone! Loved your sense of humor, your generosity, and your huge heart! Love you!
Mary Ann Skartsiaris Jan 5 2022 10:59 AM
Betty was a precious saint and woman of God. She loved to laugh.I have wonderful memories of time with her at Community Bible Study. She has finished her race and heaven is richer!
Deb Bos Jan 5 2022 9:52 AM
I knew Betty from Upjohn. She always had a great smile and a sweet something to say, every time I saw her. After retirement, I was blessed to see Betty every week at CBS. I always requested to be in the same class and Betty and her silly friend, Jan. So many years of riding together to study God's word. Heaven just received another angel.
Brenda Pearson Bowers Jan 5 2022 9:43 AM
Betty had a heart of gold! A very special lady. She was so kind, loving and giving of herself. We were very fortunate to know her. She truly loved her family and when you were with her she made you feel like family. She is now whole and in the arms of Jesus as well as reuniting with her love Bob. Blessings to the family as you keep her memories in your hearts. Love, Brad and Judy
Judy Pressley Jan 5 2022 8:02 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Betty Kuiper
Brad and Judy Pressley Jan 5 2022 7:52 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss, I will be praying for all of you. I remember meeting her and her husband one time at Easter when I went there with her granddaughter Bobbie Kuiper she was a very sweet lady.
Samantha Twomley Jan 5 2022 7:52 AM