Betty Sue Britt Short, of Kalamazoo, MI lost her battle with brain cancer on July 24, 2015. She was born November 23, 1949 in Highland, Illinois to Roland Britt and Viola Brewer Britt. Betty graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1967 and St Luke’s School of Nursing in 1970. She worked for over 40 years in various nursing capacities (school nurse, cardiac care, oncology, home health care, and retirement communities). She retired in 2013 from Watermark Retirement Communities. She married Jerry Watson in 1974. They divorced in 1993. She married Bob Short in 1994.
She is survived by her husband, her father, her daughter Jana (Ben Jones) Watson, son Roland (Maxine Beach) Watson, step-children Jill (Reid Krueger) Watson, Brian (Kelly) Watson, Jessica (Michael) Skanes, and Allison Short, grandchildren Isaac Watson and Kit Reedy, step-grandchildren Foster and Eleanor Neve-Jones, Cameron and Marshall Krueger, Abigail Watson and Stefon Skanes, brother Don (Sandy) Britt, sisters Judy (Larry) Leidner, Clarice (Randy) Reitz, several nieces and nephews, sisters-in -law Linda Britt, Carol Beckert and Janet Hoskins, brothers-in-law Joe (Connie) Short, and John (Rhonda) Short.
She was preceded in death by her mother, her brother Bill, father-in-law Robert Short, mother-in-law Olive Short, and brothers-in-law Clayton Redenbo, and Mike Beckert.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Betty’s life will be held at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, MI from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29th and another at Young Funeral Home, 118 East College Avenue in Greenville, IL from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 31st. A private internment of remains will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s honor may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the West Michigan Cancer Center.