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Betty A. Whitney

March 5, 1933 — February 14, 2024

Galesburg, Michigan

Betty Ann Whitney, age 90, of Galesburg, MI, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at home while surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born March 5, 1933, in Detroit, Michigan. She met her husband, John Henry Whitney, at a dance in January 1951, and the couple married that April. At the time of John’s death on Nov. 15, 2013, they had been married 62 years.

Betty worked as an order filler at Beach Products for 25 years. A woman of many talents, she enjoyed cooking, baking and cake decorating, and could frequently be found working alongside her daughter, Laure, crafting special occasion cakes for family and friends from the kitchen of her Galesburg home, which the duo affectionately dubbed the B & L Bakery. Betty also enjoyed coloring, painting, and crafting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Whitney; two sons, John Lee Whitney and Thomas Allen Whitney; daughter Brenda Ann Whitney; two grandsons, John G. Whitney and Tony McCole; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her son, Ronald S. (Tamara L. Kemp) Whitney; daughter, Laure L. Whitney; 11 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, 622 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI. Services will begin at 11 a.m. and interment will follow at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo.

Donations may be made in Betty's memory to the American Diabetes Association and any dementia organization.

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