Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 19, 2014

Betty R Joslin

TRAVERSE CITY — Betty R Joslin, 94, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Traverse City with her family at her side.

Betty Jean Randall was born on Feb. 16, 1920, in Lansing, to Dr. and Mrs. (Clara) O. M. Randall.

Betty was a proud graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, where she was an honor student and played the clarinet; and Michigan State University, where she received her degree in Interior Design and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She married Herbert E. Joslin on June 20, 1942, also in Lansing. In 1956, Betty and Herb, with their three children, moved to Traverse City, when he purchased the local Chevrolet franchise.

Betty had many, many gifts and a gracious, humorous personality. She was a perfect hostess and loved to entertain. She was the embodiment of a mother who focused on her children, grandchildren and family. The daughter of a physician, she saw first-hand the value of compassion and the integrity of helping others. Betty’s affinity for the medical arena began when she worked in his medical practice.

She was the “soccer mom” before the name was penned — every snow day taking turns with the other neighborhood moms with a carload of boys to Hickory Hills, Holiday Hills or Timberlee. She loved and was very proud of the Sixth Street house. Many, many boys enjoyed playing there, including her grandchildren, right up to 1991. Her children enjoyed living across from the library and the delights of the Boardman River. She had many friends and good neighbors.

Betty was a member of Central United Methodist Church, where she served on the Altar Society; the Lansing Country Club, Junior League of Lansing, St. Lawrence Hospital Guild, Michigan State Alumni, Traverse City Golf and Country Club and Traverse City Elks Lodge. She was recently honored for serving over 5,000 volunteer hours at Munson Hospital, helping families who were waiting for their loved ones after surgery and she also worked in the gift shop. She was also active in the American Cancer Society for many decades and served as president. She and Herb were instrumental in raising funds for the YMCA, and for the building of new schools in Traverse City.

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