Bethany Cork

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Bethany Cork, 90, passed away February 6, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center in Dowling Park , Florida. Mrs. Cork was born in Lansing, Michigan and was the daughter of Arthur and Ann Manthey Gertenhouse. She received her education in the public schools of Detroit, Michigan. She married John Cork of Greenwood, S.C and had four children. She assisted her husband in his tire business and they also enjoyed square dancing. In 1956 the family moved to Lakeland, Florida. In Lakeland she was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Lakeland Art Guild. Here she returned to school and became and LPN. She was Valedictorian and President of her LPN class. She was employed as an LPN at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida until her retirement in 1982. At this time she moved to the house she and her husband had built on farming acreage outside of Dunnellon, FL. Here she enjoyed caring for animals especially her dogs and driving her tractor to mow the pastures. Mrs. Cork was known as a creative person. She enjoyed needle crafts and painting in oils. Mrs. Cork was predeceased by her husband, John, to whom she was married to for 44 years. She is survived by her four children, Michael (Peggy) Cork, Downers Grove, IL, Judy Sears, Lake City, FL, Linda Cork, Charleston, SC, Tom Cork, Sr. Madeira Beach, FL and an "adopted" son, Don Anderson. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jay Sears, Susan Sears, Scott (Kristen) Cork, David (Kelly) Cork, Laurel (Robin) Sanderson, Beth (Tony) McKie, Sarah Beiers, Tom Cork, Jr. and Katherine Cork. In addition, there are eleven great-grandchildren and a special niece, Diane McCrary. Grave side services will be held at a later date in Lansing , Michigan. In lieu of flowers family request donations be made to Alzheimers Organization.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., of Live Oak and Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 10, 2013
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