Elizabeth A. "Betty" Corbishley

Betty CorbishelyDied May 8, 2011.  Born in Sandusky, Michigan in 1918, Betty was a resident of Lansing most of her life, graduating from Lansing Central High School and Michigan State University. From 1961 to 1983, she was a counselor at Delta College and returned to Lansing after retirement. She was a member of local, state, and national student guidance organizations and a former member of both Bay City and Lansing Zonta Clubs.  Betty joined Central United Methodist Church in 1930 and, throughout her years in Lansing, she was a devoted member. For over 25 years she was also a very active volunteer with Lifeline at Ingham Medical Center.  During her life, Betty was always kind and caring to her family and all others she met along her way.

Betty is survived by two nieces: Susan Hedges Goddard, husband, Win, and their children, Troy and Taylor, all of Flower Mound, TX; Martha Hedges Lawrence, and son, Harrison, of Wayne, PA.; and by Harry and Kamla Hedges of Washington, D.C.; as well as many dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Central United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI  48933, Ingham Regional Medical Center Foundation, 401 W. Greenlawn Ave., Lansing, MI  48910, or to Delta College Foundation, University Center, MI  48710.

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Diane Carpenter
May 22, 2011 at 5:10 am

Betty was my counselor at Delta College (1972-75). Her huge heart and caring nature made a lasting impact on my life. She saw a potential in me that helped give me confidence and strength. I know she was a huge part of my receiving an award at graduation -“Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges”. Through the years, we have kept in touch and she has been “family” to me when I had none. I have thanked God for her many times and will always regard her as one of my “angels” who has guided and loved me. I deeply respect her and love her very much. As a teacher for 27 years, Betty’s “ways” have influenced and have role-modeled for me, the relationships I have formed with my students. I know Betty will be helping those in heaven if there was ever any need! I will miss her encouraging and insightful ways . . . she will always be in my heart and part of me.

LInda Plackowski
May 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I’m so sad to hear of Betty’s passing. When I was a new faculty member at Delta and didn’t know a soul, Betty’s door was always open for me. We talked of many things; she was encouraging, welcoming and a great role model for women. I missed her when she retired and wish her family well.

Ann Petersen Pearsall
May 31, 2011 at 12:45 am

I am a neice of Jane and Marian Andros. Betty loved being a part of the Andros family as much as they loved her being a part of their family. Jane and Marian had a sister/friend connection with Betty; Jane being a high school friend of dear Betty and the 3 of them continued a close lifetime friendship that lasted until the death of my precious Aunties. After their passing, Betty continued her friendship with 2 more Andros sisters; my aunt Athenia in New York and my mother in Lansing. Betty took an interest in every family member of Marian and Jane’s. She had the ability to make each person she spoke to feel listened to and important. She shared excitement in all stages of my life including the birth of my twins, Hannah and Dustin (now 16!) I loved being in Betty’s company; she had an unbeatable smile, a compassionate heart, and spread Christian love to all who surrounded her life. She surely sits close to God in heaven for all of her selfless activities involving her church and Lifeline. She embodies what a true Christian is. I will hold dear many memories of Betty. I love her; I will miss her with all of my heart!


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