January 30, 1925 – April 12, 2019
Betty Joan Marshall Weaver passed on April 12, 2019 after a long winter’s battle with pneumonia. She was born in Lansing, Michigan to Lyle and Virginia Marshall on January 30, 1925. Her family moved to East Lansing when she was in grade school. Little did she know at the time, she would marry one of the boys who lived two houses away. Together they attended the next six years of public school. She attended Michigan State University earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature while enjoying activities at the Sigma Kappa sorority house. Following college graduation, she worked with the Greater Capital Area Girl Scout Council.
Upon his return from the service, Harold and Betty rekindled their childhood friendship, they fell in love and were married on March 27, 1949. “Scouting” as Betty often referred to it, was an important part of her life. Before her marriage, she spent several summers at Camp Deer Trails as the waterfront director and after she was married, she was a Cub Scout, Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She worked numerous years in the East Lansing Elementary School system and finished her working career as a librarian’s aide at the East Lansing Public Library. She was proud to have been a longstanding member of The Peoples Church and was an active member of the Women’s Circle, Couples Club and numerous other church activities. Along with being a voracious reader, her many hobbies included; sewing, knitting, furniture restoration, jewelry making and chair caning. An avid bird watcher, she and Harold traveled to all 50 states and as far as Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska. She was always wanting to add, “Just one more!”, to her list of bird sightings. In her later years when rheumatoid arthritis curtailed her ability to pursue hobbies, sports became an even bigger part of her life. She followed practically every sport on television but her favorite team was always her beloved Spartans.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harold Searles Weaver of East Lansing, Michigan; brother, Kenneth Marshall of Durango, Colorado/Ponce Inlet, Florida; three children, Roger Weaver of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Ann Weaver of Ada, Michigan and Martha (Tom) Hilfman of Granger, Indiana; two grandchildren, Cole (Brittney) Hilfman of Granger, Indiana and Kyle (Kaley) Hilfman of Denver, Colorado; and three great grandchildren, Calla Hilfman, Heston Hilfman and Haven Hilfman of Granger, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions could be made to; Capital Area Audubon Society, P.O. Box 22065, Lansing, MI 48909
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April 16, 2019
Betty was my back up mom! Could not love her more. When my parents traveled Betty and Harold drew the short straw and got stuck with me. Our times together were wonderful and I was part of the family. She made her famous Apple Crisp every time I was there and she was always amazed, yet pleased with how much of it, and everything else for that matter, I would eat! But my fondest memories were Sundays in the basement watching NFL Football games together. She was a dedicated fan for all NFL football games and we would spend many hours together down there, her knitting the whole time and we talked and talked, well me a bit more than she, about every play in every game!
Special lady, special family!! Harold, Roger, Ann and Martha have shared a wonderful life with this special lady and while I know they will miss her so much, they also will know she is reaping the rewards of a life so well lived and I know her older brothers Don and Gary and their wives Mary and Bev will hold her close and her Father and his Son will embrace her every day through eternity!
God Bless this special family and they all have our prayers as they lose the pleasure of her presence daily. She will be missed by so many, as she has touched and improved the lives so many!
Love you Betty Marshall Weaver, with all my heart!!
April 16, 2019
What a pleasure to have known Betty in her later years. She never lost her lively intellect and genial personality. Watching the birds at the feeder outside her window, I learned about the avians there. Betty was always ready to share her love and knowledge. I know that dearest Harold will miss her as if half of himself was gone. My love and prayers are with you, Harold, and will all who loved Betty.