Betty Jane Morgan, age 81 of Greenville, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Pastor Deb Somerville officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family prefer memorials be directed to Eden’s Glory or the Building Fund at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. There will be envelopes available at the service or at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.
Betty Jane Delamarter, the seventh of eight children of Clarence C. and Agnes A. Haight Delamarter, was born on May 29, 1938 in Pontiac, MI. Betty was a graduate of Spring Arbor Jr. College, Greenville College, and received her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Reading from Southern Illinois University. Betty taught school in various roles from music to the classroom until her retirement in 1994. Betty taught in Coffeen, Donnellson, and Beckemeyer School in Hillsboro. After retirement Betty supervised student teachers from Greenville College and served her local Free Methodist Church as Director of Children’s Ministry.
Betty and Thomas D. Morgan were united in marriage on August 28, 1960 by Reverend David McKenna and Reverend Verdon Dunckel at the Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, MI. They enjoyed over 58 years together. Thomas survives as do their four children: Richard Henry (Lisa) Morgan, and Vickie Sue (Mark) McFerran, both of Spring Arbor, MI; Valarie Lynne (James) Scott of Anderson, IN, and Douglas Clarence (Deann) Morgan of Greenville. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Danae Morgan (Eric) Cappa, Brooklyn Morgan, Lacey Morgan (Greg) Hamilton, Morgan McFerran (Trevor) Litwiller, Michael (Brie) McFerran, Mason McFerran, Taylor (Amanda) Scott, Zachary (Peyton) Scott, Kristin Morgan (Scott) Voyles, Joshua Morgan; along with two great-grandchildren: Giovanni Cappa and Kensington Voyles. Betty is also survived by her brother Robert Earl (Barbro) Delamarter of Spring Arbor, MI. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings: Ralph, Walter, Clara, Lillian, Elaine, and Carole.
Betty loved to read, write poetry, make cards, travel and correspond with friends and family. As a novice gardener, the yard was Betty’s art pallet. One of Betty’s skills was the ability to organize. She was able to use this for “Eden’s Glory,” her church, her profession, and her home. She loved to be with people and exercised her gift of hospitality by opening both her home and her life with the unique ability to make everyone feel loved, valued and accepted.
Most importantly Betty’s identity was in Christ. She daily lived out her calling to seek God with all her heart, soul, mind and strength and to love her neighbor as herself. She longed to see God at work in her and through her and her legacy of embodying the love of Jesus will live on in many generations.