Betty L. Whitmore

Betty Lou Whitmore, 92, a kind and caring family matriarch of Charlotte, died peacefully on April 25, 2018.  Betty was born July 1, 1925 in Parma Township to Orval and Bertha (Wise) Graham, one of 12 children. In 1948 she married Bernard Whitmore, and together they raised five children, with good old-fashioned homemade meals (a favorite was Betty’s famous chicken dinners), mouth-watering desserts, and lots of love to go around.  Betty was a lover of music, and she also enjoyed doing puzzles, playing cards including euchre and rummy, and needle work.  She very much loved time spent outdoors, whether it was farming, gardening, fishing, or just a leisurely stroll to enjoy the beauty around her.

Betty previously worked at Wilcox Gay, Michigan Magnetics, the Piston Ring in Hastings, and Kellogg’s. She was known as a sassy, stubborn lady, with a great sense of humor and loads of creativity. She was a volunteer grandparent for the foster grandparent program, just another way for her to share all the love she had to give.

Betty is survived by her loving family, including five children, Orval (Robin) Whitmore, Christine (Doug) Polhamus, Teresa (Dale) Horn, Loretta (Gordy) Shepard, and Kim (Barbara) Whitmore; 14 grandchildren, Robert, BJ, Christopher, Keith, Michael (Kara), Kevin, Corey (Emily), Marci (Rich), Brent (Holly), Eric, Clint (Christine), Chad, Christel, Jason (Jessica); 22 great-grandchildren; and three great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bernard in 1989; granddaughter, Jennifer; her parents; and 11 siblings.

Friends are encouraged to support Betty’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services are Monday, April 30, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Janine McGill officiating. Visitation is Sunday, April 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

If desired, Betty had suggested donations to the American Cancer Society.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Betty on her tribute page at