|Birth: ||May 9, 1925|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 2013|
Betty Jane was born on May 9, 1925 to John and Mary Ida Perdue Gonsey. Betty was the eldest of four children. Her parents later had one son William "Bill", and two daughters Joyce and Delores. She was born in Granite City IL, but when she was little her along with her parents and siblings moved to Melvindale MI where her father worked as a milk man for Twin Pines dairy in the Down River Detroit area.
When Betty was 16 she married a local cab driver named Forrest Pletcher. Betty and Forrest had five children Charles Forrest, Marylou, Elaine Marie, Richard, and Arthur Eugene. In an effort to raise his family Forrest received a job at Great Lakes Steele and Betty stayed home with the kids, and was a great stay at home mom. When ever her children or Husband needed anything she was on the job, always to be sure that her home was a happy one.
In her spare time Betty enjoyed reading and listening to Johnny Cash. She was also an avid Christian, and taught her children and grandchildren everything she knew about the bible. As the years went on those five children turned into eight grandchildren who she loved dearly. Her beloved husband Forrest passed in 1989. As Betty got older she started developing Alzheimer's, and it did nothing but get worse, she moved into an apartment in Westland, but after several years it became to hard to handle and she moved in with her daughter Mary who was sure to always be there whenever her mother needed her. Betty spent the last few years of her life in a nursing home in Riverview.
Betty was also very well known for her cooking especially her baked goods. She would spend days cooking for big Holidays, always to be sure that anyone who entered her house was always well fed. Betty is also survived by ten great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
PLETCHER BETTY JANE October 24, 2013. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late Forrest. Loving mother of Charles F., Mary L. (Paul) Clark, Elaine M. Henney, Richard J., and Arthur E. (Huifen) Pletcher. Dearest grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 10. Predeceased by her siblings William Gonsey, Joyce Kish, and Delores Bennett. Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2- 7 p.m. with the service at 6 p.m. at the Allen Park Chapel of the Voran Funeral Home, 5900 Allen Rd. (313-928-2300). Contributions to The Grand Rapids Foundation, Attention: Ruth Bishop in Memorium of Betty Jane Pletcher, 185 Oakes St., S.W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Published in The Detroit News and Free Press on October 26, 2013.
"It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories,your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."
♫To Where You Are♫ (Played at Grandma's funeral)
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK M.RICHARDS FOR SPONSORING MY GRANDMA'S PAGE. YOUR KINDNESS MEANS ALOT TO ME, AND I KNOW IT WOULD TO GRANDMA TOO. OUR WHOLE FAMILY THANKS YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO VISITS MY GRANDMA'S MEMORIAL, AND FOR THE FLOWERS AND KIND WORDS YOU LEAVE HER.
John Gonsey (1903 - 1947)
Mary Ida Perdue Gonsey (1903 - 1954)
Forrest Arthur Pletcher (1916 - 1989)
Betty Jane Gonsey Pletcher (1925 - 2013)
Joyce Marie Gonsey Kish (1927 - 1999)*
William Raymond Gonsey (1928 - 1990)*
Delores Ann Gonsey Bennett (1934 - 1975)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in the little pigeon river in the smoky mountains
Created by: Daniel Pletcher
Record added: Oct 25, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119288653