Age 88, passed away on October 16, 2012 at her home in Holt. The funeral will be on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Holt United Methodist Church at 2321 N. Aurelius Road in Holt, with burial following at the Maple Ridge Cemetery on Willoughby Road in Holt. Visitation with family will be 2-5 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel at 2121 N. Cedar Street in Holt.
Betty Marie Plowman was born August 26, 1924 in her parents farm home in Greenbush Township in Clinton County, MI to Howard Rufus and Queen Esther [Coffman] Plowman, the third of four daughters. Betty graduated at age 16 from St. Johns High School in 1941, and immediately entered nurses training at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, and then into the Army Nursing Corps, and receiving her nursing license in March 1946.
Betty married her sweetheart Arlo Sheridan LeClear on June 19, 1948 in Durand, MI. She and Arlo were blessed with children Sherri Candace in 1955 and David Winston in 1956. In addition to raising two wonderful children and being a loving wife, Betty worked the floors of St. Lawrence Hospital and Ingham Medical Center for many years, in various nursing capacities finally retiring as Liasion Nurse at Ingham Medical Center in 1986. Like all competent nurses, she let administration and doctors know who the real boss was. After retirement, Betty stayed busy by volunteering. She volunteered at Hospice of Lansing, and Ingham Regional Medical Center, her former employer. She also helped out the American Red Cross with blood drives, and RSVP with immunizations and flu shot clinics. She did this while teaching water aerobics at the Oak Park YMCA for 13 years. Betty grew up during the Depression and understood hard work, small rewards, and great satisfaction. She had the compassion and caring soul that only nurses – and mothers – have. Above all, she was a doting wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Grateful for sharing Betty’s life is her daughter Sherri [Kevin] King of Holt, sister Geraldine Workman of Alma, MI, brother-in-law Melvin [Elizabeth Young] LeClear of Owensboro, KY, grandchildren Robert [Sarah Godbehere] Roosa of Holt; Thyme, Arlo, Jeremiah, and Mandolyn LeClear of Florida; step-grandchildren Jay [Divina] King of Arlington, VA, and Katie King of Rock Hill, SC; great-granddaughter Veronica Roosa of Holt; and numerous loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Dorothy and Rosella, her husband, son David, and most recently her beloved grandson Nicholas Roosa on October 13, 2012. She will be missed by family and her ever-steady neighbors the Flinns, Bruinings, and Hoadleys.
Memorials in Betty’s name may be given to the Capital Area Humane Society.