Betty Jane Donnelly
1928 - 2020
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Donnelly , Betty Jane Betty Jane Donnelly raised 7 children and loved 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, but through it all, nobody can quite remember her raising her voice. Betty, 92, of Henderson, NV. passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 at Delmar Gardens of Green Valley nursing home. Betty was born Feb. 4, 1928 in Muskegon, MI. to Albert and Tillie Schelhas. She graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1946 and married Dale Donnelly on Nov. 15, 1947. She was preceded in death by: husband, Dale; son, Bill; sisters Beatrice (Tony) Plichta, Mary (Bert) Root, Evelyn (Ken) Raynor, Lorraine (Eda) Blazak; brother Bob (Ann) Schelhas; grandson, Jon Vargo; and son-in-law Tom Paquin. She is survived by four daughters and two sons: Sue Paquin of Muskegon, MI.; Kathie Predko of Henderson, NV.; Debbie (Dave) Vargo of Henderson, NV.; Denise Hernandez of Henderson, NV.; Mike Donnelly of Henderson, NV.; and Scott (Amy) Donnelly of Corvallis, OR. A special thanks to Mike Donnelly for all the years of attentive care he provided to Betty. She is forever loved by her grandchildren: Sandi (Nick) Daniels; Tricia (Andy) Fox; Amy Paquin; Kellie (Josh) Hudson; Erin (Rich) Matuz; Mike (Barb) Paquin; Kevin (Elena) Donnelly; Kristen Donnelly; Megan (John) Yule; and Elizabeth Hernandez. Betty followed some of her children to Las Vegas in 1985. To the delight of her grandchildren, Betty worked for many years at Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, inciting a family feud against See's Candies that still prevails. Betty was happiest surrounded by family. It was rare for a day to go by without one of her kids or their kids or their kids popping over for a visit. Her gentle, loving nature drew everyone in, and her legendary chicken dinners kept them coming back for seconds. She was known for finding humor when it was needed most and enjoyed singing, dancing and looking on with a satisfied grin as her loved ones gathered around her year after year for holidays and special occasions. There will be a celebration of life service in Muskegon, MI. in July 2021. In lieu of flowers, her family asks for a donation to the Democratic Party of which Betty was a staunch supporter her entire life. In her final years, Betty had a hard time with her memory, but her family is comforted imagining all the wonderful times together flooding back now. She will certainly never be forgotten.

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Published in Muskegon Chronicle from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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September 2, 2020
I too have lost an amazing mother and am so very sorry for your loss. My sweet mom also suffered memory challenges years prior to her death and as her caregiver, you can also relate, it was like losing a beloved parent twice. As time passes realization occurred how I’d never felt lonely while my mom was alive even when her quality of life was at issue. I now feel lonely for my mother as you will for your mom, Betty, and you too will come to the realization your grief will never go away as it is a deeply sacred grief when one is lucky to have been born to such a loving and incredible mother. I was once a Donnelly for about a decade and respected Betty as an in-law. I know if I’d had a child, Betty would’ve been the best, most adoring grandmother.
August 10, 2020
Mike! You took good care of your mom. I know you are going through a difficult time . I will be keeping you in my prayers.
Jimmy McNamee
August 10, 2020
This is the most beautiful written tribute. It expresses the love she shared and the wonderful family she raised. Our deepest sympathies.
Karen & Audra Langlois
Karen Langlois
August 9, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Randy Root
August 8, 2020
To so many of us who had the den as a second home as crazy kids, Betty Wood served as a second mom to us all. She surprised us many times when she came up those stairs. Her quiet nature and calming demeanor commanded respect, and she got it from us young nuts. How many friend’s mom earned nicknames like Mrs. D. or Kin? She left quite a legacy. Job well done Betty! A life very well lived. Be free Kin, until we all meet again.❤❤
Larry Schillaci
August 8, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Betty's passing. We know she will be missed.
How wonderful to have so many grands, great-grands and even a great-great grand! A Mother's Love always remains in your heart. Please know
we are thinking of you. She was a wonderful person.
Mardi Monroe
Denise Piasecki
Mardi Williams
August 7, 2020
Donnelly family - my alley friends - so sorry to hear of your loss. Always fond memories of your family with Betty at the helm.
Kenny Dodge
August 6, 2020
Condolences to my cousins. Such a lovely tribute and picture. We are sad, but celebrate a life well lived. I remember Aunt Betty’s quick wit and sense of humor most. I have so many good memories; the pool parties and beach days with all of the bathing beauty sisters, Christmas parties at the halls, and the 4th of July chicken fests at Pere Marquette or Ross Park. I’ll be there in July 2021. Peace.
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