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Betty J. Jones

January 30, 2018

UNION, Mich. — Betty J. Jones, 73, of Union, passed away following a courageous battle with an extended illness on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born July 26, 1944, in Elkhart, to the late William and Margaret (Connelly) Funderburk and leaves behind her loving husband of 55 years, Casey L. Jones, whom she married June 14, 1963. 

Also surviving are her children, Dan Jones of Elkhart, Lisa (Bob) Bivens of Osceola, Wanda (Phillip) Goodman of South Bend and Randy Jones of Texas; brothers William, Robert, Donald, David and Mike Funderburk; half sister Dorothy Schnarre; grandchildren Brittany (Chris) Decker, Marranda, Kammbria and Jillian Bivens, Kaylee and Carson Jones, Sam and Katie Ivers and Stephanie, Elizabeth and Heather Jones; several great-grandchildren; and a host of loving extended family and friends.

Billings Funeral Home of Elkhart is honored to host Betty’s life celebration in a private family service followed by burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola. 

Pastor Carl Henry of the Northside Baptist Church of Elkhart will officiate.

Betty was a dedicated homemaker and a devout member of the Northside Baptist Church. 

She was completely committed to the care and well-being of her family, who were the love of her life, and made sure that everyone’s comfort was tended to before her own. 

Besides her family, other loves included a good game of Rummy, gaming on her electronic media, and, of course, cooking, which everyone looked forward to. 

She will be best remembered for her legacy of living out the words of 2 Timothy which says “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”. 

Additionally, she and her husband Casey would profess that the spiritual health of their 55-year union was founded on the principles of the 23rd Psalm, which reads:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in the green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul; He leads me on the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;

For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; 

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of one’s choice.

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