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November 18, 2012

Jane 'Betty' Yvonne Acker

TRAVERSE CITY — Jane "Betty" Acker, 92, of Williamsburg, passed away on Nov. 16, 2012, at Bortz Health Care.

Betty was born on Jan. 15, 1920, to the late Ross and Georgia (Kesner) Holt in Mona, Mont. The family moved back to the Kesner farm in Acme shortly after her birth.

Betty graduated from Williamsburg High School.

On May 1, 1945, Betty married the late Paul B. Acker. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1994.

Betty brought joy to others with her radiant smile and warm hugs. She was always looking for beauty in others and in the world about her. She was quick to point it out wherever she found it and celebrated it in her poetry and photography.

She enjoyed reading, playing piano, traveling and corresponding with family and friends.

She was the Whitewater Township Historical Society chairperson for many years and served on the township election board.

Betty's family was her greatest joy.

She is survived by her children, Kim M. Acker, of Elkhart, Ind., Valerie J. (Robert) Boucher, of Port Huron, Martha J. Acker, of East Jordan, and Paul D. (Mary) Acker, of Williamsburg. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Donald Fouch, of Williamsburg; and two sisters-in law, Mary (Rude) Holt, of Suttons Bay, and Rolene (Borgen) Holt, of Cathedral City, Calif.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, Karl W. Holt, Paul A. (Jean Englehardt) Holt and Ross G. Holt; and her dear sister, Anna Laura Fouch.

The family is very grateful to the caregivers at Bortz for the loving care they provided.

Honoring Betty's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at 2 p.m., in the basement of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association.

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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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