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Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton

Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton
  • March 6, 1942 - May 25, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Lots of good memories of our high school days at dear 'Ole Kellogg. Bette had a great sense of humor, and retained it well. We enjoyed summer get...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Sharon (McKenzie) Crandal - MI

“Bette befriended me in seventh grade when my family returned to Michigan after several years in Maryland. We remained good friends throughout high...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Joan Van Deusen West - Moscow, ID

“Betty became a dear friend to my wife Pat and I during our time in Battle Creek. She was a sweet spirit who cared for others. We will miss her. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Rick & Pat Hensley - Lake Mary, FL

“I have many wonderful high school memories of Bette. She was one of the good ones. Those Kellogg years were good years and her slumber (?) parties...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Joanne Hoogenboom Folsom - MI


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Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday morning, May 25, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6,1942 the daughter of Francis and Mildred (Yetter) Davis. Bette retired on April 30, 2004 after more than 33 years of faithful service as an RN at the Battle Creek and Marion, Indiana VA Medical Centers.

Bette is survived by her children, Laura (Gary) Greenfield of Pinckney, Michigan, Ernest "Ernie" (Holly) Engelhardt of Richland, Sara (Khalil Banane) Engelhardt of Augusta, and Suzanne Odem of Battle Creek; her grandchildren, Andrew, Jesse, Emily, Isaac; and her sister, Jayne Matthews of Florida. She was sadly preceded in death by her parents, and two grandsons, Patrick and Wyatt.

Fondly known as the "Paula Deen of the North", Bette loved to cook. She also enjoyed watching NASCAR and her favorite driver Tony Stewart, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially time with her "boys", Ernie and her grandsons.

A memorial service to celebrate Sara's life will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 21st at the Fort Custer Christian Assembly Church, 301 Custer Drive Battle Creek, MI 49037. Memorials directed to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, would be appreciated. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Bette may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.