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Ellers Mortuary

725 S. Main Street, Kokomo, IN

OBITUARY

Betty D. Willis

February 7, 1937August 28, 2020
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Betty D. Willis, 83, of Kokomo, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020, at 8:48 P.M., at her residence. She was born to the late Carlos Shelton and Margaret (Imaly) Proctor on February 7, 1937 in New Castle, Indiana. She was married to Gerry Willis and he preceded her in death on November 18, 1998.

Betty retired from the Howard County Clerk’s office in 2015. In the past, she worked as a Meter Maid and a dispatcher for the Kokomo Police Department. Betty was heavily involved in politics and served on a Precinct Committee, attending many Democratic conventions. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Howard County Trustee. Even though Betty was dedicated to her work and serving on different boards, she always made time for her family and friends. She was very social and enjoyed parties with her loved ones. Betty also enjoyed cooking and shopping. She was truly, the matriarch of her family and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter, Kim (Darren Nakanishi) Turner, Kokomo; stepdaughters, Michelle (Doug) Bowles, Ft. Orange, FL., and Stephanie (Randy) Doughton, Cincinnati, OH; stepson, Mark (Darrel Streets) Willis, Yelm, WA; grandchildren, Christopher (Jessica) May and Candice (Rob Staley) May; great-grandchildren, Sullivan May, Jax May, Vincent Staley, Jonathon Huffman, Braden Staley, and J.D. Shelton; many nieces and nephews; and her canine companion of 11 years. Duke.

Preceded in death is her loving husband, Gerry; son, Randy Turner; and her brothers, Danny Shelton and Jim Shelton.

There will be a time of visitation for Betty on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 1:00 P.M., at Ellers Mortuary Main Chapel, 725 South Main Street, Kokomo. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Ray Tetrault. Burial will follow at Kokomo Memorial Park. Facial masks are required and social distancing of 6 feet will be practiced. You may read Betty’s obituary at www.ellersmortuarymain.com to leave the family an online condolence.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Betty D. Willis

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Melanie Phillips

September 4, 2020

I can see you even now sitting at the kitchen table on Jasper St. You always seemed larger than life to me. You said what was on your mind and did'nt play games. You were one of a kind and I will always remember you . RIP Betty

terri thompson

September 4, 2020

Kim,
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. She was one of a kind. I called her Betty Boop from the moment I met her. She was hilarious. I enjoyed working with her all of those years. Every time I walked into her office she always made me smile and laugh. Even in the last few years when I would see her at Meijer she still brought that same smile to my face. Just wanted you to know your mother was very loved and will be missed my many. Also sending good thoughts and prayers to your entire family.
Terri Thompson

Lucinda (Cindy) Ironmonger

August 31, 2020

I met Betty just a few years ago and immediately loved her. She was so sweet. I found out from Kim that she was looking for a teeny tiny curling iron which now days is very difficult to find. Well me being who I am that keeps everything bcs you never know when you might need it, I actually had 2 of them. Betty wanted to pay for them but I refused bcs I was so happy that I was able to make her smile and she gave me a hug. I was never able to see her again but that will be my special memory of her. It may not mean much to most people but it meant a lot to me. You will be truly missed Ms. Betty. RIP

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