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Betty Jean Willis

February 21, 1946 ~ August 8, 2020 (age 74)


Betty Jean Willis left this life peacefully with her daughter by her side on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the age of 74, after fighting a good fight with Parkinson’s Disease.

Betty is survived by her loving daughter Barbara Jean Smith of Peru, IN, Daughter-in-law Shannon Smith, Brother Cudd Million (Shirley) Willis also of Peru, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Elsworth and Mabel Willis and four sisters, Fontella, Maxine, Nancy and Mae.

Betty was born at home on February 21, 1946 near Rich Valley, Indiana.  She attended Bunker Hill High School and graduated from high school in Brooksville, Florida in 1964. After graduation, she returned to Indiana and started work at Delco Electronics.  Betty retired on August 31, 1995, after 30 years.

She enjoyed helping others, riding on her tractor, going out to eat, and finding homes for stray animals. She was a member of Rock Steady at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru. Together they boxed and had great fellowship.

Betty was a dedicated mother, sister, and friend. She never met an animal she didn’t love and rescued many.

Condolences can be mailed to her daughter Barb Smith, 9844 E 400 N, Peru, IN 46970.

A celebration of her life will be held on August 7, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scratching Post Cat Rescue Inc., 600 Chili Avenue Peru, IN 46970 and City of Peru Animal Care and Control, 75 German St, Peru IN 46970 in her name.  This is something that she would be greatly proud of.

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