Betty Margaret (Richards) Dunkin died Jan. 8, 2018, after an extended illness.
She resided at The Hearth at Windermere in Fishers for the past 6 years. Prior to that, she lived in Anderson.
Born Dec. 16, 1922, to Earl and Merle Richards in Huntington, she graduated from Huntington High School in 1940. During her youth, Betty sang all over the Midwest with a local women's choir. She married Richard W. Dunkin in Tallahassee, Florida, on March 15, 1943. After World War II, Betty and Richard moved to Bluffton and then to Anderson in 1951.
Betty supported her husband through his service in World War II and his construction business, W.R. Dunkin & Son, Inc.
She was a former member of First United Methodist Church, Anderson, the YWCA, and Anderson Country Club. Betty was a former Scout and "Y-Teen" leader. Her hobbies included exercising, playing the piano, babysitting her grandchildren and gardening. Betty loved to play games, enjoyed being in the sun, was an accomplished dancer, and a caring friend to all she met.
Survivors include a son, Craig R. Dunkin (Marsha) of Anderson; daughter, Candy Short (Steve) of Anderson; three grandchildren, Melanie Dunkin and Colin (Julie) Short, all of Anderson, and Caren Short of Montgomery, Alabama; two great-grandchildren, Mary Katherine Sebastian Short and Matthew Wesley Sebastian Short of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Byron C. Richards; sister, Clara Jane Lowery; and grandson, Matthew Craig Dunkin.
Visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, from 12:30 to 2:3 p.m. at Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, 200 W. 53rd St., Anderson.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Anderson Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or Anderson Education Foundation.
Published on January 10, 2018