Bettie Eaton Britain

August 1, 1924 - April 24, 2008

Bettie, first born child of William Murphy and Edith Asquith Murphy was born August 1, 1924 in Windsor, Ontario Canada and died on Thursday, April 24, 2008. She was educated in Toronto and Windsor. Bettie was a 1946 graduate of Grace Hospital School of Nursing and a Registered Nurse in the Province of Ontario. She was a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital of Detroit, Michigan. June 12, 1948 she married Martin James Britain at Assumption Church in Windsor. In 1954, their first son, James was born followed by Philip in 1955, Thomas and Michael in 1956 and Daniel in 1960. Bettie did many years of volunteer work in hospitals – Leila Post Montgomery Hospital in Battle Creek Michigan; Mercy Hospital of Jackson Michigan; Elmhurst General in Elmhurst Illinois; St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette Indiana; Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Dyer Indiana; Southeast Eye center Greensboro North Carolina and Woodlands Hospital in Woodlands Texas. She did many years of volunteer work at her sons’ schools – worked in school cafeterias; in the library; helped supervise the playgrounds; worked as a substitute school nurse; volunteered as a teachers aide. She was a Cub Scout den mother for three years. Bettie served on the executive board of the National Kidney Foundation of central Ohio; President of St. Andrews Women’s Club Columbus Ohio; President of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary in Dyer Indiana. She volunteered with the Red Cross on many blood donor drives. Bettie thoroughly enjoyed volunteering and did it with a loving heart, but her first love was her husband, her sons and her grandchildren. Marty, her husband of 56 ½ years predeceased her in January of 2005. Survived by her sons: James of Plano Texas; Philip and his wife Sherrie and their son Matthew of Kennesaw Georgia; Thomas and his wife Suzy and their children Abby and Tay of Wheaton, Illinois; Michael and his daughters Rachel and Sophie of Decatur Georgia; Daniel and his wife Kathy of Suwanee Georgia. Bettie is also survived by her only sister Barbara Ann Smith. Her two brothers Robert Murphy and Graham Murphy both of Windsor Ontario predeceased her. A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM with interment at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen Texas. Visitation will be at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow on Friday May 2, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please make contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association or to a charity of your choice.

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A wonderful friend, who always took the time to listen as well as share advice, strong yet so feminine and just plain classy. I will miss our New Years celebrations; Bettie, Marty, and Jim at Kirby's, With our goofy hats, horns and much laughter ringing in the New Year. I will also miss the Friday gatherings at the house with family and friends. What a joy and such a pleasant memorys. God Bless Gary A. Baker, May 10, 2008 Dear Jim, Phil, Tom, Mike, Dan and your families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Many hearts are touched by the loss of your mother, Bettie Eaton Britain. May you all find comfort in all the happy memories. I asked God I asked for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked for a tree, He gave me a forest. I asked for a river, He gave me an ocean. I asked for a friend, He gave me you. Bettie Britain gave a whole new meaning to the word friend. Words cannot express the void in our lives without Bettie or the joy in our lives for having known her. We are all lucky to have had the pleasure of her company as long as we did. So many things come to mind when we think of Bettie -- great conversation about everything, delicious dinners, Christmas brunch, generous, very special, gracious, loving, smart, happy, courageous, thoughtful, kind, always ready to give a hug, a smile that lit up the room and warmed your heart, strong faith and so much more. She was a beautiful, positive minded lady who shared so much of her life with us. We're so glad she came into our lives, in the pew behind us in church, and considered us her friends. Bettie was very comfortable with and lived her life believing "Thy will be done". She loved a prayer that had a line, "help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if You hold me in eternal life." We're sad to loose her, but happy that God is holding her in eternal life. Dan and Linda Gorman and families Dan and Linda Gorman, May 2, 2008 Dear Jim, and the Britain families, and friends of Bettie - It has been a true honor and privilege in my life to have known Bettie for these past 15 or so years. Through my relationship with Jim, I got to know Bettie and Marty very well, and always felt a special kinship with Bettie - almost like that of a second mom. It became a real tradition for me to share holiday dinners with the Britains, and to be invited into the fold of their friends and family. I always felt a warmth and genuine love in the house between the Britains, each and every time I was there, and Bettie seemed to be the catalyst for that feeling. She'll be greatly missed, but I'll have fond memories of her kindness, gentility and loving generosity for the rest of my life. She was truly a sweetheart... Guy D. Smith, May 2, 2008 I was saddened to hear of Bettie's passing. I was blessed to know her. She always came in to the clinic for her treatments w/ a smile on her face and a great story to tell. Almost always a loving discussion of her family. She faced the challenges of her diagnosis and treatment w/ grace, a great sense of humor, and of course style. I always looked forward to the time we spent together. Nancy Thompson, May 2, 2008 Dear Britain Boys (as you will always be thought of), My deepest sympathy to each of you and your families on the loss of your mother. I remember she was a very loving and kind mother. She has given her time and love throughout her lifetime. We used to be neighbors up in Columbus and we lived on McBane Court (The Ducote's - Chris, Neil and Alice). I remember playing many street games and participating in the rec programs in the summer up at school. Danny and I even starred in "The Yellow Submarine" play one summer in our sailor suits! I was surprised to see your mother's name in the paper this morning since I live in the area (Garland) and work for the City of Plano. It is amazing how small the world can be sometimes. Again, please accept my condolences. Sincerely, Alice Ducote Snyder Alice Ducote Snyder, May 2, 2008 To Jim and family, I just would like to express how much your Mom meant to me. It's interesting how God puts people into your life at just the right time... thank you Bettie for your loving words when I needed them. Thank you for your understanding how difficult raising boys can be and also how rewarding they are. You are truly one of Gods angels and will be missed beyond words. I do know now you are rejoycing to be in Heaven visiting with your love ones! Sincerely, Linda Turpen Linda Turpen, May 1, 2008 Dear Jim, Mike, Tom, Phil, Dan and Britain family - My sympathy and condolences to your entire family during this sad time. I am sorry that I am not able to be there. I did not meet your mother that many times, but everytime she left an awesome lasting impression! She was so upbeat, caring, interesting and generous. Most recently I recall coming over for dinner a few years back. I had not seen Uncle Marty, Aunt Bettie or Jim in ages. Your mom made a delicious meal, provided fantastic hospitality and made me feel so welcome. It was absolutely wonderful to feel such a warm welcome from family when I was far from home. I really appreciated it and was so happy to learn more about our extended family. We laughed, shared stories and photos. It is a great memory. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. Jean Marie DuBay, May 1, 2008 Dan and Kathy, I am very sorry for your loss. If it can be of comfort to you, know that your Mom is in a very peaceful, happy place. There is no pain or suffering, and she was met at Heaven's gate with loving arms. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Gale Foulke, April 30, 2008 Dan - You and Kathy will be in my thoughts and prayers. Remember your mom for her courageous battle and all the miracles she was given over her time of illness. The mourning and sworrow will pass and, with time, all the good memories will be what is left. Be safe in your travels and give all your best to your family during this difficult time. Doug & Tobie Haynie Doug Haynie, April 30, 2008 I was lucky to meet Bettie a couple of years ago. She touched me with her wit, grace, determination, and beautiful smile. I am so very glad for the happy times I spent with her. Jim, my thoughts are with you and your family. Holly Hudson, April 30, 2008 Jim, it has been a pleasure getting to know you and your mother over the years not only as your server at love and war and texas, but truely as your friends. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Steve Barbero steven robert barbero, April 29, 2008 Dear Jim and to the Britain family, Of all the patients I have cared for over the years, your mother was definitely one of the most courageous and persevering that I've ever known. Her spirit was always upbeat in all circumstances, including her battle against cancer and the recent passing of her husband. I really believe that it was her deep love for her family that kept her going all these years, giving her the strength to fight on when there were probably many times that she didn't feel like she could. I had the privilege of praying with her during her last hospital stay and it was a special time between us that I felt gave her alot of encouragement. I will greatly miss her smile, her positive outlook, but most of all her tremendous hope in dealing with a terrible disease that in the end won out on ending her earthly life, but not on her eternal one with our Lord Jesus in heaven. Sincerely, Steven Meliotes M.D. Family physician and friend Bettie Eaton Britain, April 28, 2008 To Jim and the Britain family; Your Mother, to others Grandma, Aunt, Sister, and Best Friend was one of the finest people to walk this earth. These days, loving and giving people are too few. It hurts to lose them. The good news is that she is at peace with the Lord and with your father, Marty. May that assurance help ease the loss. We can look forward to the promise that we will all be together again. Thomas E Rucktenwald, April 28, 2008 Dear Jim and the Britain Family, My condolences on the death of Bettie. I had the pleasure of meeting her when she joined Jim for a dinner in New York City. She was an absolute delight! I'm sure such a dynamic, loving presence will be missed by her family. With deepest condolences, Patti Daino Patti Daino, April 28, 2008 Dear Jim,Philip,Tom,Mike and Dan and Family I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing.All of us here in Windsor know how hard this must be for each of you. I want to share a few little tid bits I think might give you a chuckle. When your mom and dad got married Uncle Bob gave her away.The reception was at the Norton Palmer Hotel(one of the best in the city at the time).When the reception was ending they paged for Mr Murphy, so Uncle Bob answered the page and he was handed the bill for the reception.Uncle Bob looked at me with a grin and proceeded to find your mom.When he did she said"Well they probably thought you were my father".Another time we were at Grandma and Grandpa Murphy's house and your mom and dad gave us a ride home.Your dad had a car with a rumble seat(you know, it was on the outside where the trunks are today)We had Penny and Debbie with us so that was four of us in the rumble seat,lots of laughs.These are just some of the things I think of when I think of your mom and dad. One thing I do know and that was that your mom was very proud of her family. I can't be with you but know you are in my thoughts. Love Aunt Betty and Family BETTY ANN MURPHY, April 27, 2008 Dear Jim,Philip,Tom,Mike and Dan I was very upset to hear of the passing of your mom,my Aunt Bettie.I know the distance that we live keeps us apart but I thought of her often.Incase you ever heard your mom and dad mention a Roberta well that is me.I can remember ever since I was a little girl(age6) when Grandma Murphy brought me to Battle Creek on the train your dad would call me Roberta and your mom always would call me that too. Jim it was so nice to talk to you on the phone, it has been a long time!!My dad used to say that family was everything and now our family is getting smaller. I'm sorry that we can't be there with you all on Saturday but know that we will all be thinking of you. I will be making a donation to the local Hospital Cancer foundation in Aunt Bettie's memory. Lets all try to keep intouch. Love Debbie DEBBIE MURPHY, April 27, 2008 It is so hard to put into words how much I am going to miss my friend and "Texas mom" Bettie Britain. She has been a dear friend to me and a grandmother figure to my children. She was always there with a smile and a shoulder to lean on. She has seen me through some of my best and worst times. I am so going to miss looking across the street and not seeing her. To Jim, Phil, Tom, Mike and Dan, thank you so much for sharing your mom with me. She made me want to be a better person. I will always love her and treasure all the great memories I have. I love you Bettie and will miss you until we meet again. Marieca Metzger, April 26, 2008 Dear Jim, Phil, Tom, Mike, Dan and families. Please accept my condolences at this time. Even though we didn't see your mother very often, we always looked forward to enjoying our visits with her. She was a very funny and witty person and my girls remember her as well. It is sad that our families have grown apart. Just know that if you all are ever in the windsor area, look us up. After all, you all have canadian blood in you too. Patricia Ann Boismier (nee Murphy), April 26, 2008 Dear Jim,Mike,Tom,Phil,Dan and Families: Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss of Bettie who has been my friend since 1997. A brilliant light has been removed from the lives of her friends and a great void remains as we will no longer have her physically with us for the remainder of our lives. Bettie lived for Marty and her five sons and their families. One of her greatest delights that I knew of was sending packages to her grandchildren in the form of her delicious pastries at Christmas and for their birthdays, presents that she felt were significant for each individual grandchild. Another priority on her list was traveling with Jim and visiting her children near Atlanta and Chicago. Bettie was so very proud of her five sons and had great satisfaction that each of them were unique individuals who had all created strong careers for themselves as well as being remarkable citizens of this country that she loved so much. After her family, Bettie relished having social gatherings and entertaining her friends who were always welcome at her table. All of us felt fortunate to be able to partake in her bountiful feasts which they all were. The major party events were on the Fourth of July, Halloween, and a Christmas Brunch. Throughout the year, she entertained friends at different times weekly. We can all recall countless times that our pallettes were titillated by her magnificent cuisine and our eyes filled with admiration by her striking personal beauty. Bettie had an inner glow and ambiance that radiated from her when she entered the room. Although that glow has been taken from us while we live out the remainder of our lives on this earth, Bettie Britain's glow will endure always in our hearts. I will remain deeply saddened by the loss of my friend whom I lovingly referred to as "The Queen Of The Hearth." My Heartfelt Sympathy is extended to each member of her family. Love, Cyrilla Wyatt Cyrilla Wyatt, April 26, 2008