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Betty Lou (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh)  Levene

Betty Lou (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh) Levene
  • April 4, 1921 - June 28, 2016
  • Gull Lake (Richland), Michigan
  • Yorkville Community Church Music Ministry
    11523 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
    222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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“Dear Gary, Patti, Kim, Floy and family, If I could have been two places at once, I would have loved to attend Betty's Memorial Service. I wanted...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Janet Garratt DeBoer - Richland, MI

“I loved playing tennis with you and mom! So glad you are together again! Rest in peace. God Bless ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Barb Mattingly - Richland, MI

“Betty will be missed. I will miss the long conversations and we would have talking about her and Dave's active life. She was a real renaissance...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Paul Seals - Kalamazoo, MI

“I loved Betty so much. So neat and enjoyed playing piano for her at Happy Hour or for the talent show. She was a very special gal and missed her...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Nelson - N. Ft. Myers, FL

“Dear Family:I am so sorry for your loss. Betty Lou was such an amazing woman and a "classy" lady to say the least. I'll always remember her...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Roxanne Bengelink - Richland, MI

“I dearly loved both Mr. and Mrs. Levene, kInd, educated, wise, interesting and so much fun to talk too. I could sit and listen to the stories of...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gail Rodgers - North Fort Myers, FL

“I always have enjoyed hearing how much you love your husband. I remember I was giving you massage therapy on thanksgiving. You relaxed you shoulders...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jaamie Ford

“Betty was an amazing woman. She showed both dignity and grace in her life here on earth. She was a true "Lady" in all that she did. As a child, I had...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Cutler - Richland, MI


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Betty Lou Levene (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh) of Gull Lake (Richland), MI

Betty Lou, age 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2016.

She was born on April 4,1921 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Prof, and Mrs. M.M Brumbaugh. Betty was a graduate of Augustana College, where she was a soloist with the choir, violin player in the symphony, homecoming queen and was listed in the "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities."

After graduation, Betty studied singing in Hollywood, CA and New York City. She turned down a contract with Paramount Movie Studios in CA after meeting the love of her life David H. Levene. They were united in marriage on Nov. 27, 1943 and sadly he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2003.

After moving back to Kalamazoo, Ml in the 40's, Betty sang on a daily radio show at WKZO Kalamazoo. She was a soloist with the Kalamazoo Women's Chorale, Yorkville Community Church, First United Methodist in Fort Myers, FL and a guest soloist at several area churches. After retiring to Six Lakes Country Club in 1982 for 6 months a year, she sang in concerts with accordion player Myron Floren (accordion player for The Lawrence Welk Orchestra).

Betty Lou was very active at Yorkville Community Church for 70 years. She taught Sunday school for 25 years, had been the Assistance Choir director and member of the Women's Guild.

A resident of Gull Lake since 1946, she was a past member of the Ladies of the Lake and served as president for 2 years. As a volunteer, she worked at Borgess hospital and was president of the Borgess Service league. A lifetime tennis enthusiast, Betty played two times a week until age 80. She and her husband also loved sailing and lived on their sailboat for 6 months a year for 7 years.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Karen) Levene of Augusta; daughter, Patti (Rich) Ford of Augusta; grandson, Brett (Jamie) Ford of Comstock, granddaughter, Kim (Floy) Latham of Richland and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Weesie (JD) Ness of VA; brother-in-law, Wendell Hanson. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Levene; her parents; a sister, Helen Hanson and a brother, Bill Brumbaugh.

The Memorial Service to celebrate Betty Lou's life will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Yorkville Community Church, 11523 East D Avenue, Richland, Ml 49083, with Rev. Shawn L. Raifsnider, Pastor and Rev. Shan Martin, officiating. Family and friends will continue to celebrate Betty Lou's life with a time of fellowship and a luncheon in the Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the Service. Final interment with her beloved husband, David was held in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty Lou's honor may be directed to the Yorkville Community Church Music Ministry or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 Kalamazoo Mall, Suite # 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Betty Lou's family with her arrangements.