Betty Joann (Lambdin) Wright, after a long illness, met her Savior face to face on Dec. 21, 2010. She was born in Carbondale, Ill., to Howard and Berniece (Stamm) Lambdin, July 20, 1944. Her family moved to Michigan early in her childhood. She attended Harrison High School and played basketball. She graduated in 1962 and on August 11, 1962, married Gene Arnold Wright in Harrison. Together they raised four children, David of Suffolk, Va., Jonathan of Manchester, Ohio, Timothy of Niamey, Niger, West Africa, and Mary of Shelby Township.
Always serving others, Betty earned her certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the Bay City Education Center, ministered throughout the community and retired from the MidMichigan Medical Center. She and Gene provided years of service to the people of Haiti through a clinic in San Raphael.
Over the years she graciously cared for children and sang in the choir of Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed knitting, sailing and rooting for her favorite sports teams.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brothers, Paul and Robert. She is survived by her loving husband, Gene, of Midland; her bother, Harold Lambdin of Harrison; her four children; and 20 grandchildren. A selfless servant, she will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.
Funeral services will take place at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010 from Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor Dan Dickerson will officiate, with burial at 10 a.m. on Friday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lansing. Betty's family will receive friends at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., today, from 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression may wish to consider the Calvary Baptist Church. www.waresmithwoolever.com