Helen ‘Betty’ Kurtz, 97

Posted on April 15, 2014

Helen “Betty” Kurtz, 97, of Liberty Center, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at her residence in Liberty Center surrounded by her family.
Betty was born May 3, 1916, in Liberty Center to Chase O. Garrett and Nellie B. (Popejoy) Garrett.
She graduated from Liberty Center High School and obtained her teaching degree from Manchester University. She taught for many years in Wells County schools, in Greencastle, and Appleton, Wisc., retiring in 1964. She was a member of the Liberty Center Baptist Church and a member of the Federated Church in West Lafayette. She was also a member of the P.E.O. Wives of the World and the Indiana Teachers Association.
She volunteered in numerous positions in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Betty was an avid reader, well known by family and friends for her poetry, her love to travel and engaging others in genuine conversation. She was a longtime supporter of NPR, faithfully listening to Click and Clack and A Prairie Home Companion over the years. “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” were two television shows she rarely missed.
On Nov. 18, 1939, in Liberty Center she married Royce E. Kurtz. They shared 46 years together before he preceded her in death in 1985.
She is survived by a son, David R. (Jennifer) Kurtz of Lafayette; along with three grandchildren, James R. Recker II of Indianapolis, Daniel (Amy) C. Recker of Indianapolis and Elizabeth (Michael Rankin) B. Recker of New Mexico; along with five great-grandchildren, Chase, Phineas, Blake, Zella and Holden. She is also survived by a great-niece, Taneka Garrett of Bluffton.
Betty was preceded in death by a daughter, Deanne E. Recker in October of 2013; a son, Garrett W. Kurtz in August of 2012; a brother, Joseph Dean Garrett in March of 2009; and a nephew, Gregory “Greg” S. Garrett in January of 2014.
A memorial service will be held at Fairview Cemetery April 19 at 2 p.m. Life Celebrant Jeff Lemler will officiate.
Memorials may be made in Betty’s memory to the Royce E. Kurtz Educational Scholarship at Manchester University.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.
Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com.

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