Betty Jayne Whitaker, 94, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.
She was born April 29, 1920, in Parker, Ind., to McCrillus B. and Jennie W. (nee Murphey) Amburn.
Betty moved to Florida in 1953 from Albany, Ind. She was a graduate of Redkey High School, class of 1938. She married her high school sweetheart, Gordon Whitaker, in 1939. Gordon was in the Army, and served in World War II overseas. They had their only child, a daughter, Connie, in 1942.
Betty and Gordon loved to dance, and they had many opportunities to do so while attending parties with their many friends and acquaintances. They loved people and people loved them, and they were able to enjoy what life had to offer them without worrying about the past or the future. Betty worked in management in the restaurant business, and volunteered at the senior center and delivered Meals on Wheels. Betty moved to Port Charlotte in 2009 from Sebring, Fla., and before that from Buckhead Ridge near Okeechobee, Fla. In the quieter last years of her life, Betty enjoyed watching NASCAR and professional basketball on TV. She also liked to play board games with her family, often beating them badly. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her family and friends.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Connie (Henry) Bettich of Port Charlotte; granddaughter, Angelina (Earl) Whitmore of Winter Haven, Fla.; grandson, Michael (Daniela) Bettich of Fraubrunnen, Switzerland; great-granddaughter, Cristina Bettich of Switzerland; great-grandson, Andrea Bettich of Switzerland; nephew, Louis (Judy) Amburn of Wellington, Fla.; niece, Jennifer (Charles) Hereford of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; as well as numerous great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, on Dec. 18, 1988.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 2405 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Please visit the online tribute for Betty J. Whitaker at www.kays-ponger.com to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the family.