Betty A. Grant, 90, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away May 18, 2021 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. One of eight children, she was born on April 30, 1931 in Rensselaer, Indiana, to the late George Christopher and Bertha Augusta (Pollex) Fleck Jr. Betty, also known as Elizabeth Fleck in her younger years, grew up in the Laketon and Ijamsville area.
After graduating from Laketon High School in 1949, Betty married Max Eugene Lotz. The two had four children, Jeff, Trevis, Max, and Amy Lotz, before Max passed away on October 19, 1957. Raising four children by herself made Betty a strong-willed, independent woman. In her early years, Betty worked as a waitress, but to support the family, she also bought homes, fixed them up and rented them to people in the early 1960s. She taught herself how to do plumbing, roofing, and other maintenance jobs for the homes that she owned, quickly becoming a jack of all trades and passing her knowledge down to her children. For relaxation, Betty enjoyed sewing, painting, sculpting, and especially relished in her time tending to her flowers. When it came to gardening, Betty had a special gift. Her ability to start plants and keep them alive was remarkable. She also loved reading and studying various topics and prided herself on always learning new things.
Betty knew both great joy and also great sorrow. Over the course of her life, she lost her parents, two sons, three husbands, and five siblings. After her first husband Max died, Betty took a leap of faith when she married Richard “Dick” Larson in 1967. The two were wed for thirteen years before Richard passed away in 1980. Three years later Betty married John Grant, and they were united for twenty-one years before John died in 2004. Ultimately, religion helped Betty through the tough times in her life.
The loving memory of Betty A. Grant will be forever cherished by her son, Jeff (Joie) Lotz, South Whitley, Indiana; daughter, Amy (Bill) Nelson, Chiefland, Florida; brother, Howard Fleck, Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Dorothy Brown, North Manchester, Indiana; grandchildren, Stacey Lotz, Jennifer (Jeff) Rader, and Jeremiah (Carrie) Lotz; great-grandchildren, Amber Bell, Breanna Lotz, Wyatt Lotz, Merenda Rader, and Sean Rader. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Max Lotz, Richard “Dick” Larson, and John Grant; sons, Trevis and Max Lesley Lotz; brothers, Forrest J. and George Herbert Fleck; and sisters, Beatrice Cecelia Boxberger, Loretta Marie Shankland, and Leona Helen Walther.
Per Betty’s wishes, there will be no services. Instead, she wanted people to remember the fun and loving memories they had with her.
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