Betty J. Addleman

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Betty Jane Addleman

Betty Jane Addleman (B.J.), Brownsburg, Indiana, died at the age of 91 with her family at her bedside on Sunday, August 10, 2014. She was born May 1, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Charles and Laura (Winchell) Guy. Betty Jane married Robert H. Addleman, M.D. in South Bend, Indiana on November 11, 1952. They were married for 52 years, until his death in 2004.

B.J. spent most of her life in the Greater Indianapolis area. She graduated from Southport High School in 1941 and received her RN/BSN from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) and Indianapolis General Hospital (now Eskenazi Hospital) in 1950. After acquiring her RN/BSN, she began working as a Labor & Delivery Nurse in the Maternity Ward at Indianapolis General Hospital. While working in 1950, she caught the eye of a handsome Intern, who also happened to be a WWII P-51 Fighter Pilot. When she ordered him to get his dirty shoes off the desk, it was love at first sight for both of them and they spent the rest of their lives together, raising a family with five children.

Betty Jane was very active in her church and had a very strong Christian Faith. She was a member of Northwood Christian Church in Indianapolis until she moved to her Brownsburg farm in 1974. Following the move, she became an active member of Traders Point Christian Church and remained very involved until her health began to fail about 10 years ago. In addition to her strong faith and love for her family, one of her greatest interests was classical music. B.J. was a great lover of classical music and one of her favorite pleasures was attending and supporting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Her brother, Herb Guy, was Principal Bassist in the ISO for years and she never missed a performance. She was very active in the ISO Symphony Women's Committee, including serving as Committee Secretary. Classical music always filled her house and a beautiful violin concerto was playing at the moment of her passing.

B.J. loved animals and had a farm full of adoring stray dogs, stray cats, horses, chickens, geese, turkeys, rabbits, wild birds, squirrels and even pet snakes! She was very concerned about the humane treatment of stray animals and did all she could to help various Humane Societies and to rescue unwanted animals. She also had a great love for plants and took a former Brownsburg cornfield and carefully, lovingly turned it into a wonderful woods with hundreds of beautiful trees and plants from all over America. Using her knowledge of plants, B.J. would hike along railroad tracks looking for non-native saplings whose seeds were transported here from distant lands by the moving trains. She would then transplant those saplings to her farm, resulting in a woods with a very unique mixture of trees. B.J. could take you on a walk through her woods and tell you about every tree. Even with a houseful of children, Betty Jane held many concerns for others and was involved in charitable efforts throughout her life. In addition to working to improve the care and consideration for the handicapped, B.J. was very concerned about blindness prevention and volunteered for the Indiana Society to Prevent Blindness and Marilyn Glick's "People of Vision" organization helping perform vision screens for inner city children. She also volunteered for the Hendricks County 4-H Club/Purdue Extension Homemakers Club, focusing on strengthening families through continuing education, leadership development and volunteer community support.

Betty Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Addleman, M.D. (2004); daughter, Laura Anne Addleman (1969) and her parents along with five brothers (Charles, Albert, Herbert, Edward, George) and sister (Nellie).

Survivors include daughters, Lesley Jean Addleman of Carmel, IN, Cristina Jane Addleman of Brownsburg, IN and Clare Ellen (Addleman) Snyder (son-in-law Gary Edward Snyder, M.D.) of Plain City, Ohio; son, Robert Nicolas Addleman, M.D. (daughter-in-law Cynthia Denise (Abel) Addleman) of Carmel, IN; and five grandchildren (all of whom called her Binka); Emma Morgan Snyder, Laura Katherine Snyder and Ellen Isabelle Snyder, all from Plain City Ohio and Nicholas Scott Addleman, M.D. and Melanie Sue Addleman, both from Carmel, IN.

Memorials can be made to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Humane Society, Indiana or Indiana Society to Prevent Blindness.

There will be a private family graveside service. Online guestbook at:

Funeral Home
Matthews Mortuary
690 E 56th Street
Brownsburg, IN 46112-7775
(317) 852-4296
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 17, 2014
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