Ritta Elizabeth "Betty" Brinkman

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Ritta Elizabeth (Betty) Stafford Brinkman was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Benjamin Harison Stafford and Clara Mable Stafford. She married Marvin Roy Brinkman July 15, 1942. She graduated from George Washington High School in 1938 and attended Central Business College in Indianapolis.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Brinkman Stewart, of Brighton; son, Alan Roy Brinkman and wife, Cathy of Indianapolis; daughter-in law, Gwen Brinkman of Marion, Illinois; her sister, Isabelle Joyce Jeffries, of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren, a niece; two nephews; four great-nieces, two great-nephews; one great-great niece; three great-great nephews; and by her beloved furry canine friend, Indy. 
Her husband, in 1996; her son-in-law, Larry Stewart in 1997; her son, David Roderick Brinkman in 2005; her parents, and her brother, Roderick Harrison (Roddy) Stafford in 1942, preceded her in death.
She worked in Indianapolis as office administrator of Crooked Creek Baptist Church for 13 years and secretary/treasurer of the language center until she retired. She also worked with youth in many capacities including camp counselor, girls' guild leader and foster parent of teenage boys. She loved music and sang in the church choir all her life. 
In 2004 she moved to Sikeston, Missouri, to be near her daughter. In 2013, she moved to Brighton with her daughters to live close to grandchildren.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Brighton. She lived a life of joy, following Jesus' commandment of the Golden Rule: "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Others Do Unto You." (Matthew 7:12)
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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Published in Brighton Standard Blade on Dec. 27, 2017