Betty's Story

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Betty Louise Heid, 95, of Fife Lake, passed away on July 12, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. She was born on April 23, 1922 in Fife Lake to the late Brady W. and Emma Jean (Rancour) Clark.
Betty went to school in Fife Lake and Lansing then graduated in 1940 from Cadillac.
She married Tom Kelley later that year and went on to have three children, Karen, Linda and John. They separated in 1954; in 1957 Betty married Leonard Birgy, and they moved to Mt. Pleasant. Together they had Jim and along with Leonard's two boys made a family of four boys and two girls.
In 1968 they returned to Fife Lake and Betty worked as a cook at Forest Area, eventually becoming head cook until her retirement in 1982.
Leonard passed away in 1978. When Betty retired she studied and received her real estate license, a business she worked in for over 30 years.
Betty eventually remarried in 1995 to Ed Heid, adding Ed's children Mick, Linda and Ed to the family. They enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida and Arizona in the winter months. Ed passed away in 2004.
Betty was always very involved in her community; she was a member of the Arbutus Rebekah Lodge since 1946 as well as serving as clerk, treasurer, council member and planning commissioner for the Village of Fife Lake for over 25 years. She was also a charter member of the Fife Lake American Legion Auxiliary Post 219.
Betty is survived by her children, Karen (Richard) Schmidt, Linda Forwerck, John Kelley and Jim (Georgie) Birgy; grandchildren, Mary Jean, Jodi, Erin, Ben and Tommy; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Devere, Marjorie, Kathryn, Jean, Frances, Bill and Betty; as well as 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren from her marriages to Leonard and Ed; and many relatives and friends that always held a special place in Betty's heart.
Recently she was able to enjoy the company of many family members and friends when they celebrated her 95th birthday this spring.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Fife Lake United Methodist Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on July 14, 2017
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