Elizabeth Ann (Peters) Lull went to heaven on May 8, 2018, to sing alto in the angel choir. She lived a long and productive life lasting 94 years. She was born on September 1, 1923, in the family home near Twelve Corners. Betty was always a “forward moving” woman who worked outside the home, retiring from I & M Electric after 32 years. She was very active in 4-H Leadership, Women of Survival for Agriculture in Michigan, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She also served as the assistant treasurer for Bainbridge Township for a period of time. Betty helped others by being on the church prayer chain and was a woman of strong faith. She proudly sang in the St. Paul’s UCC Church choir for over 55 years with her two daughters by her side for over 25 of those. Betty wanted to be remembered for her kindness, which she spread everywhere over the decades. She liked to drive the PT Cruiser and began her driving endeavors at the age of 14 by driving to Mexico without an adult. She was proud of being a Benton Harbor Graduate at the age of 16 where she had been a cheerleader, member of the choirs, played clarinet in the band, and was a member of the drama club. Betty attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she was given reinforcement on the importance of gaining knowledge maintaining a commitment to living a life of generosity, and speaking out for herself and others. She never lost her independence and maintained a positive attitude even in adversity. Betty enjoyed singing and playing music, dancing with her husband Jim at Crystal palace, swimming in the lake, and most of all spending precious time with her family and friends. She celebrated 75 years of marriage to her husband Jim las summer. The two of them had many adventures together, traveling and attending all the sporting and music events for their girls, grandsons, and great grandchildren, and participating in many reunions for her husband’s WWII Navy shipmates from the USS Saratoga CV3.
Betty is survived by daughters Mary Cooper and Jamie Walter, grandchildren Jason (Jeanne) Conkin, Daniel (Angelene) Conkin, and David Walter, as well as great-grandchildren Elizabeth (Nick) Israel, Lucas Walter, Ben Conkin, Jay Conkin, and Clare Conkin, a brother Donald (Rheta) Peters, and a half-brother Lloyd (Janie) Reese. Her loving husband Jim Lull preceded her in death earlier this year.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM with funeral services celebrated at 11:30 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Watervliet, Michigan. Burial will take place privately at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Memorials may be made in Betty’s memory to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or Hospice at Home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet and you are invited to share a message of comfort with Betty’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com
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