Elizabeth Ann Blodgett, age 92, of Midland, died early Thursday morning, January 19, 2023. She lived a care giving life, focused on her family and supported by her faith.
Betty was born on April 11, 1930 in Chicago IL to the late John Dettloff and Mabel (Madden) Dettloff. She and her late brother Jack Dettloff grew up in Peoria IL and in the Colorado Springs CO area. Her marriage to the late Mike Blodgett led to the delivery of twin daughters, Karen and Kathy. She raised the girls in Colorado Springs and then moved back to Peoria to be in close proximity with her extended family. Betty fondly remembered her days as a District Manager for Cigna Insurance and the extensive traveling she experienced across the US to do her job. After retiring, she moved to Jacksonville FL and actively volunteered her time and energy to help Habitat for Humanity (Habijax) and volunteered with hospice to provide regular visits with people who were in hospice care. She loved being able to care for others. She eventually decided to leave Florida in order to split her time between her daughters, Kathy in Newington CT and Karen in Midland MI. Nearly 8 years ago, she decided to return to an independent lifestyle and moved into Washington Woods Independent living facility in Midland MI where she continued to build friendships and care for those around her.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Karen (Daniel) Hein, her twin daughter, Kathy died in June 2020. Betty’s grandchildren include Jonathan Timms, Christina (Andre) Timms, Nick (Kristen) Faircloth, and Kylie (Bobby) Faircloth. She also enjoyed being with her great-grandchildren, Isabella, Victor, Kallie, and RJ (Kylie/Bobby), and Derrick (Nick/Kristen). She was proud of her family and loved being able to visit with members of the family as often as it was possible.
World travel became part of her retirement adventures, with trips to Austria, Ireland (to see the homeland), and Thailand (to visit her granddaughter Christina and husband Andre). In Thailand, Betty discovered elephants. She truly enjoyed being in their presence, feeding them, washing them, and marveling at their size yet gentle manner.
Celebrations of Betty’s life will be scheduled when members of the family and friends can participate in Midland MI and in Newington CT.
Expressions of sympathy may be made via donations to Habitat for Humanity or Susan G. Komen-Help End Breast Cancer. To sign online guestbook, visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com Arrangements made with the Cremation Society of Mid Michigan.