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J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 S Main St, Grapevine, TX

OBITUARY

Bette Sue Hulin

June 19, 1942September 27, 2019

Bette Sue (Sherman) Hulin, age 77 of Henry, IL, passed away at 2:20 a.m., Sept. 27, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Texas, surrounded by her family who loved her so much. She was diagnosed in Nov. 2018, with a glioblastoma brain tumor and fought a courageous battle for the past 10 months.

Bette was born June 19, 1942, in Galesburg, IL, to Esther and Maurice Sherman who preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Heidi Hulin of Euless, TX; daughter, LuAnn Tarango, son-in-law, Ken Tarango, and grandson, Garrett Tarango of Dallas, TX; sister, Barb Lane of Knoxville, IL; nephew, Steve Lane of Victoria, IL; niece, Susan Smith of Victoria, IL; and cousins, Harvey (Sharon) Ponder; Hattie (Jim) Jacobs; Jack (Sharon) Samuelson; Roger (Penny) Samuelson. Bette had so many wonderful, life-long friends in Illinois, as well as those she enjoyed companionship with in Florida each year.

She began her career at the BF Goodrich plant in Henry in 1978. She was one of the few employees who saw the company change ownership many times over the years and retired from Mexichem at the age of 75 after 39 years of service. She had so much pride in what she did and truly cared about the employees and their families and never said no to lending a helping hand. In the community, she was involved with the River Valley Players Theatre for 42 years, annual Race for the Cure walk, United Way Campaign, and the Marshall-Putnam Fair Board from 2004-2017. She greeted many citizens from the surrounding area each year as they entered the grandstand at the annual Marshall-Putnam Fair. Doing jigsaw and word search puzzles, helping plan parties, and being engaged in projects and organizations with her daughters and grandson, brought her great joy. Her annual vacation to Florida in the winter was a highlight for her where she celebrated the sun and fun with her friends and family.

Bette’s family will host an informal reception on Sun., Oct. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at J.E. Foust Funeral Home in Grapevine, TX. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Oaks Community Church in Dahinda, IL, on Sat., Nov. 23, at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to River Valley Players, St. John XXII Center, 1302 Second St., Henry, IL 61537, or The Oaks Community Church, 1868 Congregation Rd., Dahinda, IL, 61428.

Online condolences may be made at: www.foustandsonfuneralhome.com. J.E. Foust Funeral Home, Grapevine, TX, is in charge of arrangements. Cremation rites will be accorded with inurnment in the Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, IL, next to her parents.

  • DONATIONS

  • River Valley Players, St. John XXII Center
  • The Oaks Community Church

Services

20 October

Reception

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 S MAIN ST
GRAPEVINE, TX 76051

23 November

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

The Oaks Community Church

1868 Congregation Rd.
Dahinda, IL 61428

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Mary Mattingly

October 6, 2019

Dear LuAnn, Heidi and family
It was almost impossible to attend an event in Henry that you didn't see Bette's smiling face. She was so dedicated to this community. She was always involved in the planning of BFG work and social events, River Valley Players on stage and off and the Marshall Putnam Fair. Needless to say she has been missed and will continue to be remembered as the Hostess with the Mostess!!!
God bless her and you her family for remembering River Valley Players in her memorial...it is so greatly appreciated.
Jim and I will send RVP a check in her memory.
Mary Jane Mattingly

Kay (Keili) Tukuafu

October 2, 2019

My name is Keili Tukuafu but I go by Kay. I’m a care giver and a representative of Visiting Angels Agency hired by her daughter Heidi.
I came as a private caregiver for Bette Hulin. I was privileged to have cared for Miss Bette at the very final week and a half of her journey. Such a short time to have cared professionally for you but the many tender moments left your mark in my heart❤️. I would like to thank her daughter Heidi & LuAnn for their trust that I was privileged to be a part of in such a trying time of great loss. I will always reflect upon those memories and better myself as a caregiver. You were a wonderful patient Miss Bette and I thank you. My heartfelt condolences to Heidi, LuAnn & Ken. May you all find comfort and peace. Rest in Love my beautiful Angel. 💜💜Kay

Charlotte Balensiefen

September 30, 2019

I met Bette in 1976 ,We were both part of the cast of MAME with River Valley Players I was immediately drawn to Her fun loving nature , we shared many experiences over the years both on and off the stage helping out in a variety of capacities. Bette was always there to lend a helping hand. She served on the Board of Directors for river valley players several times. She would help out backstage sweeping up or in the dressing rooms. She love to iron and she would be helping press costumes for cast members for countless productions and making certain the rooms were tidy. We shared many laughs over the years as she had a quick sense of humor I would try to make light and fun out of any task. Bette enjoyed being with people and bonding with cast and crew as well. We took tap dance lessons together In order to perfect her on stage skills. When she claimed she was too old to be on stage I would still call her from time to time to help out and she was always willing to lend a hand. Whether it was building props ,or painting set ,She would share her talents and a few laughs as well . She was my stage manager for several shows that I directed and there for me to do any task that was needed. Even last October before we learned she was sick she was willing to help out once again until she became frustrated with some of the early symptoms of her brain tumor. I have a huge hole in my heart, but my mind is full of all of the wonderful memories and all of the laughs that we have shared. Fly high on your Eagles wings Bette , I will miss you.

Tammi Hastings

September 29, 2019

We enjoyed having Bette as our neighbor for so many years. It was always fun watching her get her 4 wheeler ready for the July 4 th parade every summer and we liked our “meet in the middle of the backyard” visits. You girls were her pride and joy and she always loved talking about Garrett. I’m sorry she had to struggle with such a horrible disease but what a blessing it was that you were the ones caring for her. She will be missed.

Tom Howes

September 29, 2019

Bette was truly one of the best friends I ever had, she was loving ,caring, & always ready to help with anything that needed done. I will miss her much, I will always carry her in my thoughts & prayers. The community of Henry will miss her ever giving personality, Gods Garden will flourish as Bette goes home to be with her Lord .

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