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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 9:36 am | Updated: 1:37 pm, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

Betty Jayne Jones - age 87, of Holly and Hutchinson, Island, Florida, died Friday, August 30, 2013 after a long, happy life. She died at home surrounded by family on the old farm she loved so much. She was born in Rochester on October 28, 1925 to Elbert and Virlea Robinson and moved to Holly with her family as a child. She was a member of the Class of 1943 at Holly High School. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1946 from Hurley Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. She married her Navy pilot Harry in 1945 and had 56 wonderful years with him before his death in 2001. She missed him terribly. She worked many years at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Pontiac General Hospital while helping Harry build their house and raise their five children. She was a Head Nurse in the PGH operating room when she retired in 1984. In retirement, she and Harry enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada in the summers with their silver trailer, going on many Air Stream caravans. Winters were spent enjoying the sun and the ocean breezes at their Florida home as well as on sailing adventures and the Caribbean cruises. After Harry’s death, she continued traveling with friends, children and grandchildren to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, China, Alaska, the Mediterranean, and all over the Caribbean. She became a Red Hatter and enjoyed making new friends over lunch and at their national conventions. She loved playing bridge and played four days a week in Florida. She had been playing in a Holly bridge club with the same 8 women every other Wednesday since 1948. She was happiest when the house was full of children and grandchildren. She loved cooking big family dinners and hosting backyard picnics. She was the very loving and generous mother of 5 children who survive her: Nancy (Carl) Johnson of Buckley, Bob Jones of Florida, Linda (Jack) Jueckstock of Holly and Florida, Sally (Mark) Grantner of Rose City, and Kathy (John) Pettit of Owosso. She was also blessed to see 10 grandchildren grow into adults, Jessica Johnson, Jeremiah (Lora) Johnson, Scott (Audrey) Jueckstock, Jaclyn Jueckstock, Emily (Chris) Vogeler, Megan (Mike) Kirven, Jacob (Caitlyn) Grantner, Jim Pettit, Dr. Dan Pettit and Mary Pettit. She lived long enough to play in the backyard with her 3 great-grandchildren, Hayden Jueckstock, Esme Johnson and Travis Johnson. She is also survived by her brother, Jack K. Robinson of Williamsburg, Virginia and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. No services are planned. A picnic celebrating her life is planned for June 2014. We know Mom is on a beach somewhere watching a sunset with Daddy. They are forever with us in our hearts. Funeral arrangements provided by Sharp Funeral Homes, 6063 Fenton Road, Flint. Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

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