Betty Jean (Smolinske) Edmonds

June 4, 1933 ~ July 28, 2019 (age 86)


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Betty Jean Edmonds, age 86, of Wawaka, died Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Northridge Village, Albion.  Mrs. Edmonds was born June 4, 1933 in Kendallville, Indiana to the late Robert H. and Opal I. (Ferris) Smolinske.  She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1951 and married Jack Henry Edmonds on January 25, 1953 in Kendallville. Before she was married, Betty worked at McCray Refrigeration in Kendallville. While Jack was serving in the United States Air Force in Wichita Falls, Texas, she was a receptionist and switchboard operator.  Later, she was employed at the candy counter at G.C. Murphy .5 & .10 Store in Kendallville. Betty was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and she enjoyed vacationing in the Smokey Mountains and Madeira Beach, Florida and playing the sweepstakes.  

Survivors include:
Husband, Jack Edmonds of Kendallville.
Son, John and Sharon Edmonds of Wawaka.
Son, David and Kathy Edmonds of Kendallville.
Son, James and Brenda Edmonds of Wawaka.
Son-in-law, Dean Lusby of Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
16 grandchildren: Sarah and Deven Hostetler of LaGrange; Elizabeth and Isaac Payne of Elkhart; Jeremy and Marlenah Lusby of Sunbury, Pennsylvania; Tyler Lusby of Sunbury, Pennsylvania; Melissa Edmonds of LaGrange; Katie and Ryan Kimpel of Howe; Matthew Edmonds of Wawaka; Amy and John Johnson of Indianapolis; Justin and Alex Edmonds of Wolcottville; Jill and Arthur Jones of Garrett; Brandon Edmonds and his fiancé, Suzanna Eicher both of Shipshewana; Bryan and Julie Edmonds of Awahoo, Hawaii; Heather and Dylan Avore of Ligonier; Christina Edmonds of Wawaka; Noah Edmonds of Wawaka; and Kourtney Edmonds of Wawaka.
Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Lusby in 2012; brother, Kenneth Smolinski; and sister, Joan Klink. 

Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home with Rev. David Mathews officiating.
Burial will take place at Orange Cemetery near Rome City.
Memorial donations may be made to Faith United Methodist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home. 

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August 1, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

Funeral Service
August 2, 2019

10:00 AM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

August 2, 2019

11:00 AM
Orange Cemetery
North 175 East
Rome City, IN 46784

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