Betsy Lou Robson
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Betsy Lou Robson Lansing Betsy Lou Robson, age 68, of Lansing, Michigan, died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family on June 26, 2010 after a brief illness. Betsy was born on April 14, 1942 in Bath, Michigan, and attended school at St. Thomas Aquinas, Resurrection and Bath High School where she graduated. She worked at various jobs until she and her brother, George, both hired on as bus drivers with CATA in 1972. Betsy retired from CATA in 2000. She is survived by sisters, Shirley (Richard Hanna) of East Lansing and Mary (Clark) of Mackinaw City; brothers, Burton (Sharon) of Portland and George (Cynthia) of Petoskey; and her best friend, Joanne Schreiber of Lake Elsinore, California. She leaves behind many sad friends and family and her beloved dog, Gretta. Betsy loved horses and enjoyed doing arts and crafts. She had a special fondness for models of lighthouses and various loons, which filled her home. Her real avocation and lasting mark, however, was her ability to help people who really needed it. The stories of people who survived and prospered specifically because of the help she offered are numerous and remain her lasting legacy. She truly was a lighthouse and beacon for many. A Funeral Mass will be held for Betsy at St. Thomas Aquinas on August 16 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Rose Cemetery in Bath.

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Published in Lansing State Journal from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2010.
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August 21, 2010
When I heard of Betsy's passing today, my heart sunk. I immediately went to the newspaper to see if it was true. I read her obituary and was moved to tears. Everything written about this remarkable woman is true. I want you to know that if it were not for Betsy, I would not have survived nor come to prosper in my own life. You see, I was a very poor college student at Michigan State University in 1992, and she was my bus driver. Upon getting on the bus one winter morning, she noticed I wasn't wearing any socks. She asked why, and I told her that I had no money to do my laundry. The next morning I woke up to find a package in front of my apartment door (which was located next to the CATA bus stop at Haslett and Hagadorn). I opened it to find a home-baked apple pie and a pair of tube socks that were labeled, "Betsy's Emergency Socks". She became an instant friend and went as far as paying for me to ride the CATA bus during my final year at MSU. I had the great pleasure of traveling to the upper peninsula with her years later to meet her nephew Tim and his wife Julie. It was a road trip I will never forget. I lost touch with Betsy over the last seven years, but I never forgot about her. She was an angel sent by God who touched my life and changed it forever. Betsy was a simple woman who wanted to make others happy. I shout to the world to open its eyes and ears and be grateful for individuals who do the most simple things to change the lives of those who are struggling or outcast. Betsy was my lighthouse at a time when I was really struggling, and I will always give thanks for the gift of her life.

Jarek "Jeff" Kozal
Grand Valley State University
Jeff Kozal
August 17, 2010
I am sorry to hear about Betsy. My sister Bernadette saw the announcement and let me know. My prayers are with you! Anne Chapman Martin
Anne Martin
August 17, 2010
My deepest sympathy to your family. Betsy was a wonderful person. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing.
Sherri Hawkins
August 13, 2010
I was so sorry to hear about betsy my prayers are with you and your entire family.
Gail Teed-Putt
August 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time.
Judy Belanger
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