Betty Jane Finout


Betty Jane Finout, 96, of Lake Ann, passed away Aug. 6, 2019 at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. Betty was born in Clare Dec. 20, 1922, daughter to Jesse R. and Gladys (Lackie) Hampton.
Betty's entire time on this earth was one big adventure. She was the sort who loved to explore and push her limits. She had a long and impactful career as a physical education teacher and coach at various school districts, Owosso, Lake Fenton, Fenton and Holly. Through her passion for athletics and fitness she touched the lives of many students throughout her tenure.
After retirement Betty moved to Traverse City for a short time and then built her dream home on Lake Ann. She wanted to live on the northwest side of the lake so her precious 1941 Aeronca Super Chief (float plane) would have a safe place to rest until her next airborne adventure. Betty, an avid pilot, flew into her mid-70s. She was an active member of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots.
Betty was extremely active in her later years and was heavily involved with the Senior Olympics, taking home wins in all sorts of events all over the country.
Betty loved spending time on the water, especially fishing for steelhead.
Betty is survived by her longtime friend and partner, Samantha Niergarth; children, Guy Finout III (Linda) and Janet Roberts; grandson, Harry Ehrman IV; and many other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Guy Finout Jr.; and daughter, Nancy Finout.
Join Betty's family in honoring and celebrating her life Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at 3 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. Family and friends will be received at 2 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Betty will be laid to rest in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Clare, at a later date.
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Betty and her family are being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Published on August 10, 2019
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Hattie Townsend
Aug 11, 2019
I’ve known Betty since the 80’s. She took golf lessons
from my husband,Jon. She was an excellent golfer.
Later, when we wintered in Florida, she would stop by on her way to her favorite fishing spots. How she loved to fish ! One early summer,when she was in her eighties she journeyed north to Alaska in search of Artic Char . She lived life to the fullest and will be sorely missed.