Betty Kay Cruikshank, affectionately known as ""Mimi"" to her family and friends, entered Heaven peacefully on Monday, April 21, 2014. She was born in Roanoke, Ill., on March 10, 1939, but lived the majority of her adult life in Jacksonville. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Bill Cruikshank, of Jacksonville. Also surviving are her daughter, Mary Herbold and her husband Gary of Jacksonville, her daughter, Juliann Cruikshank of Sterling, Va., her favorite granddaughter, Mallory Kennedy and her husband Brendan of Jacksonville and her favorite grandson, Benjamin Herbold of Annapolis, Md.
She is also survived by several siblings, Dolores Mosshart of Oklahoma City, Okla., Patty Fuller of Sherman, Texas, Dixie Vogel (Larry), Bob Schumacher (her twin) and Melvin Schumacher Jr. (Jenny), all of Roanoke, Ill., and Emily Beer (Ben) of Phoenix, Ariz. Mimi also has several surviving aunts, nieces and nephews, and cousins who were very close to her heart. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Andrew and Emma Schumacher; her parents, Melvin and Bessie Schumacher; her sister, Harriet Pisel; and her brother, Jim Schumacher.
Mimi was also preceded in death by her two best friends, Jane Shepard and Rita McCabe. Surely there is a joyous reunion in Heaven happening right now!
Mimi spent much of her life caring for others. She worked at both Britthaven Nursing Home and New River Nursing home for several years. She enjoyed caring for the elderly and making sure they were treated with love and dignity in their last years. Mimi also babysat for several special children prior to them entering elementary school, Kim Evans Mack, Matt Evans, Samantha Mills, Rachel Mills and Patrick Lynch. She loved them like they were her own and considered them family!
Mimi's pride and joy were her two grandchildren, Mallory and Ben. She enjoyed attending their school activities and sporting events. She truly was their biggest fan!
Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 with a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Rick Moser officiating. Entombment will be at Onslow Memorial Park following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwoods United Methodist Church, 1528 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28546, to be used at their discretion for their needs.