Betty Leary Parker was born March 28, 1915, in Detroit, MI, to Charles and Olive Leary. She was one of six children. She had three brothers, James, David, and William Leary, and two sisters, June Mitchell and Jinny Paddock. While growing up, Betty resided in both Michigan and Florida. Some of her memories growing up were the Great Depression and living in Florida. Betty attended high school in Hastings, MI. While in school she enjoyed playing tennis and progressed to the State Finals.
In 1940 Betty married Harold Parker of Hastings after attending a U of M football game. She remembered that the person who married them was a relative of the famous Wright Brothers. She did not recall a honeymoon trip, but remembered how she and Harold met at a Hastings Country Club Dance. Harold died January 6, 1978.
Betty and Harold had three children, Tim (Lynn), Chuck (Connie) and Gail Parker. She had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Before her retirement, Betty was a professional secretary (the result of which no one ever challenged her when playing Scrabble). She last worked at Waverly Schools. Her hobbies included drawing, lighthouses, reading, golf, and watching people. She thoroughly enjoyed people, cooking for people, and had a gift of friendship. Her family, friends, and acquaintances will miss her greatly.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Ingham County medical Care Facility or the charity of one’s choice.