Betty's Story

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Betty Jessie, 87, Summitville, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Golden Living Center in Muncie following an extended illness.
She was born on March 31, 1930, in Summitville, to Leo and Fern (Addison) Byrnes, and has lived in the Summitville area all of her lifetime where she attended Summitville schools. She was a former member of the Back Creek Wesleyan Church and also attended Liberty Friends Church. She and her late husband, Rufus, owned and operated Jessie Trash Service.
Betty baby-sat and cared for dozens of children down through the years from her home. She was an expert in potty training and tooth removal. She was also well known for her love of baking, especially pies which she shared with many. Betty loved music and enjoyed playing the organ. She really enjoyed the classes at Anderson Music Center. Her family was very important to her and her passing will leave a large empty place in the family circle.
Survivors include her son, Michael (Marilyn) Jessie Sr., Summitville, and his children, Melinda (Erich) Franklin, Tolono, Illinois, Melissa Jessie of Summitville, Michael (Tracie) Jessie Jr. of Alexandria; two daughters, Marcia (Glen) Houston of Summitville and her children, Jason (Andrea) Houston, Westfield, Matthew (Lindsey) Houston, Noblesville, Stacy (Craig) Holloway, Summitville; and Marla Hanes (Andrew Brewer), Fairmount, and her children, Emily (Jackson) Branson, Muncie, John Hanes (fiancee, Megan Stevens), Fairmount; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rufus Jessie; granddaughter, Michelle Houston; son-in-law, Scott Hanes; and brother, Sam Bowman.
Services honoring Betty's life and legacy will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday in Owens-Noffze Funeral Home, 1009 W. Walnut St., Summitville. The Rev. Ben Parker will officiate. Interment will follow in Vinson Memorial Cemetery, Summitville.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday or after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Champaign Downs Syndrome Network, 407 N. Condit St., Tolono, IL 61880 or envelopes will be available at the funeral home. This will go for the benefit of Betty's great-granddaughter, Addison Franklin.
Online condolences: owensmemorialservices.com.
Published on September 11, 2017
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