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.
Published in Muskegon Chronicle from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9, 2020.