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Betty Jane Mortonson

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Betty Jane Thompson Mortonson, 84, was born into eternal life Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of Valentine and Emma (Ladenthin) Thompson. She was a 1947 graduate of Taft High School in Chicago. Betty married the Rev. Kenneth Mortonson on Aug. 21, 1948, in Chicago. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Betty and Ken lived in Chicago, Marengo, Sterling, and Macomb. In 1998, they moved to Green Bay, where she resided until her death.

Betty was an active member of each of the churches they served during Ken’s 40 years of ministry. She sang in choirs, participated in and led women’s groups, and energetically volunteered to help with many church activities. Betty was a member of P.E.O. Chapter N, in Green Bay. She never knew a stranger and was a fiercely loyal friend; going out of her way to help where help was needed. Betty loved music, loved to sing, and made sure all of her children had musical training. An avid gardener, Betty found happiness tending the incredible flower gardens and landscapes that she created. A lifelong learner, Betty took every opportunity to learn about horticulture and developed an expert knowledge on the subject. She was artistic, an excellent cook, and had a remarkable gift for arranging flowers. Betty was totally devoted to her children and grandchildren and extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Betty is survived by her husband, Ken; her daughter, Nancy (Wolfgang) Wilim of Korneuburg, Austria, and their two children, Michael and Nikolaus; son, Mark (Beth) Mortonson of Medford, Ore., and their two children, Chris and Cathleen; daughter, Karen (Kevin) Kline of Tallahassee, Fla., and their four children, Eric (Lindsay), Adam (Emily), Aaron, and Ryan (Kristin); and son, John (Connie) Mortonson of Green Bay, and their two children, Michael (Karen), and Andrew (Hannah); five great-grandchildren; two nephews; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers, Leroy and Clifford; her brother-in-law, Warren; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Margaret, and one niece, Valli.

A memorial visitation for Betty will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday and a memorial service at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., Green Bay, with the Rev. Dave Wilkinson officiating. A luncheon reception will follow. Live streaming video will be available at www.fumcgb.org for those unable to attend the service.

In honor of Betty, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 410 Second Ave., Sterling, IL 61081.

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