Betty Jo Batty, 92, passed away Monday, January 6th at her daughter's home in Prescott Valley after a short illness. She was with two of her daughters and had seen her other two children the day before she left to be with loving husband, Bill, who proceeded her in death in 2008. Betty Jo was born in Mishawaka, Indiana to a large family of 14 children, many who called her by her nickname "Butch" through her whole life. Betty Jo was born in 1927 and learned the value of hard work as a child by working on her Uncle Joe's farm all summer for a new pair of shoes for school. Betty Jo was very active as she worked in an ice cream shop and summer parks and rec in Marion, Indiana so she could pay for college. While at the University of Indianapolis she participated in basketball and cheerleading. She also worked as a secretary in the athletic offices where she met the love of her life, Bill. Betty Jo graduated with a degree in Business and Teaching. She taught PE for two years before moving to Alaska to be with her husband. They moved to Arizona in 1958 looking for work and never left. Family was an incredibly important thing to Betty Jo and Bill who had 5 children, Barbara Stanger, Beverly (Steve} Falk, Brian (Robin), Beth (Leo) Kafer and Bonita (Matthew) Burgoyne who proceeded her mother in death. Betty Jo was known as " Grandma M&M" to her 11 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren and attended all the events she could for them. She was also proceeded in death by her grandson Matthew and his two boys E.J. and Gabriel Sarten. Our mother Betty Jo had one little habit that we all enjoyed - she would hang-up the phone many times before you were done talking... so we all learned not to pause close to the end of conversations, or you would have to make 2 phone calls to Mom. She must have hung up quickly talking to Heavenly Father and that's why we enjoyed her for 92 1\2 years, and she enjoyed 58 years of marriage to our father.
Services are Saturday the 11th, with the viewing at 1 pm and followed by a Memorial service at 2pm. There will be a private internment Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
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