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Betty J. Martin

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Martin, Betty Jane (nee Dillow) 83, of Elgin passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 30 at the Pepper Family Hospice, Barrington. Betty was born on a small farm near Dongola, IL., the daughter of Ernest and Verna Hinkle Dillow on December 2, 1929. She began her education in a one room country school near Dongola and was a graduate of Dongola High School. She moved to Elgin and worked at the Elgin National Watch Co. and later at Chicago Rawhide. She married James A. Martin on June 23, 1951 in Elgin. She pursued her dream of becoming a nurse and received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, graduating Suma Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University in January of 1974. She worked as a traveling home care nurse for the County of DuPage for many years before retiring. She was an avid gardener, starting her own plants from seeds, and animal lover and pianist. Betty earned her pilot's license and logged hundreds of flying hours. Betty was a loving mother to her only son, James E. Martin who was killed on December 28, 1976 while attending the University of Illinois Veterinary College. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Waymen. Betty is survived by her husband, James A. Martin and 2 brothers, Dr. Donald (Helen Ruth) Dillow of McKinney, TX., and Dr. Myron (Marjorie) Dillow of Ozark, MO., and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was forever grateful to her "adopted" family of George and Rose Marie Felt and their sons, Daniel and Ryan whom she cared for and loved as her own. Betty was greatly loved and will be forever missed by those who knew her. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin with burial to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Memorials may be given the Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, Il., 60010-3141. The family of Betty Martin wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of the Pepper Family Hospice and Care Center for their thoughtful and caring assistance during this transition. or 847-741-8800.
Published in Courier News on Jan. 2, 2013
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