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