Betty Ruth (Detering) Bright

March 4, 1924February 5, 2018

Betty Ruth (Detering) Bright was born March 4, 1924, near Bicknell, Knox County, Indiana. She graduated from Freelandville High School, President of the class of ’42, and entered nurses’ training at Protestant Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She participated in nurses’ cadet training with the Navy, but graduated in September 1945, after the end of the war, and returned to civilian life, where she continued her career as a nurse. In 1947, she met and married Robert Lee (“Robin” and “Bob”) Bright of Nashville Indiana, who was then a DJ at a radio station in Evansville. They had two daughters, Ruth (1955) and Beth (1957). In 1957, They moved to Florida, where Betty spent the next 20 years caring lovingly for her family. She and Bob later moved to Boston, then Florida, then Indiana, back to Florida, and finally to Indiana in 1986, settling down in Nashville until 2011, when they went to Virginia to stay with elder daughter Ruth. Betty was preceded in death in 2013 by her husband of 65 years, and by her two sisters, Elnora Reedy and Mary Detering, and one brother Don Detering. She is survived by her daughters Ruth and Beth, and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at the Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St, Nashville, Indiana 47448, on Saturday March 10 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

Betty Ruth (Detering) Bright

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Jim Burns

July 30, 2018

Just found out about Betty Bright's death. I knew both Betty and Bob when I worked at WRMF radio in Titusville, Florida. They were very nice and great people. I was glad to have had the privilege of knowing them. My deepest sympathy to the Bright family. Take care..Jim Burns.