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Betty Jane Smith

Betty Jane Smith, age 95, passed away surrounded by her loving family at Sojourner Place, Kalamazoo, MI. She was born May 17, 1925 in Kalamazoo, one of twelve children of William and Jennie (Walhout) Corstange. Betty Jane Corstange married Andrew Smith on June 18, 1943. They celebrated 76 wedding anniversaries prior to Andy’s passing this past March. Along with her parents and 10 siblings, Betty was preceded in death by her son Dale Andrew Smith. She is survived by her brother Donald Corstange: daughter-in-law Sharon Smith: son Jack (Sansan): daughter Connie Albrecht (Bill): eight grandchildren: Wendy Gardner, Brent Smith, Bill Albrecht, Matt Albrecht, Alan Albrecht: Dale Smith, Myat Smith, Yun Shwe Smith and three great grandchildren: Emily Albrecht, Elise Albrecht and Liana Albrecht: and many nieces and nephews. Betty’s employment included Klose Electric Company in 1943, and then Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. She then became a stay-at-home Mom to raise her 3 children. After they were all in school she planted at Schneider’s Green House and later moved to work at Midwest Fasteners. She enjoyed crocheting and gave out many of her wonderful afghans. After her retirement from Midwest, Betty and Andy went on many bus tours with family and friends to see the country. Betty looked forward to Friday nights playing dominoes with niece and nephew, Mae and Ken. She was always up for a game of Skip-Bo, which she played almost every night with Andy. For the last few months, she was able to play with Connie and Wendy when we were allowed to visit outside at Sojourners. She also enjoyed the window visits when her family came by. Betty’s faith in God was her life sustaining force. She volunteered at several Christian organizations. She and Andy were active members of Texas Corner Bible Church for the past several years. Due to the ongoing COVID19, we have decided not to have any services. We want to keep everyone safe. God Bless you All. Donations in Mom’s honor can be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. A full obituary is pending at this time. While visiting Betty's webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign her guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with her family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269)679-5622.

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Oct 21 2020 9:34 AM

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Connie Albrecht Oct 7 2020 7:46 AM

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Wendy Oct 6 2020 12:29 PM

Wonderful memories of Uncle Andy and Aunt Betty, Aunt Betty always with a smile! Thankful to know they are together once again! Prayers!

Donna (Fisk) VanIddeking Oct 5 2020 9:56 PM

Connie, your mother loved you so much. You are an amazing daughter and the way you cared for your parents was an inspiration to me. Thank you for letting me be a part of your families lives. I will always cherish the memories of your parents and your family.

Matthew Ryan Oct 5 2020 1:22 AM

I have so many wonderful memories of Mom. She was my best friend always even though she was my mother. The saying of I am your mother, not your friend, never worked with us. She loved shopping and she looked at everything even if it wasnt what we were shopping for. I knew when we would go out that it would take a while. On many occasions, I spent more time trying to find her than doing any shopping. Taking pictures with her was a challenge. She would always look at whoever was next to her instead of the camera. We knew right before we snapped the picture was to tell her to look at the camera. One of our favorite family memories is the Thanksgiving Mom and Dad were at my house. Mom accidently dropped and broke my platter, luckily it was after dinner. The next morning my husband and I had to go to work. So I told Mom I had put some left overs in containers and set them on the bottom shelf of the fridge for her to take home. That night when I went to make hot turkey sandwiches (one of our favorites) I discovered that Mom had taken all the leftovers. I called her and she laughed. I had to laugh too. After that, I put her name on the containers she could take. Skip boo was her game. She could play for hours. Even after her first back injury, she would be in pain, but Skip boo helped her forget. We would have to play until she won a game. She loved her cowboy movies and shows. She would call and tell me there was nothing to do so I would remind her to turn on channel 96 for her cowboy shows. Gunsmoke was her favorite. And if I called while she was watching one of these shows, it was a very short conversation. Have to watch my cowboys she would tell me. Mom always had a smile to give. As of late, it would take a while, but even through all her pain she would eventually give us one. She would point her finger and tell you that she loved you and give a smile. She was my blessing from God. Every time we were together we thanked God for giving us each other. Until we meet again Mom, I love you. Connie, your loving daughter.

Connie Albrecht` Oct 4 2020 8:45 AM

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Connie Albrecht` Oct 4 2020 8:33 AM

Love and miss you Grandma!!

Wendy Oct 1 2020 6:30 PM

I was blessed to know Andy and Betty. Their faith and love for each other had a big impact on me and I am proud to have called them friends. Their family has always been a big part of their lives and I am blessed to have met them. Rest in peace Betty and I am comforted to know that you are now with our heavenly father and reunited with your husband in paradise. May God bless and comfort your family!

Matthew Ryan Sep 28 2020 12:36 AM

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