Betty Wright

September 3, 1925 - January 9, 2015
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Obituary – Betty Turner Wright

Betty Turner Wright (89) passed away peacefully at home January 8, 2015. Born September 3, 1925, on the family farm on Lawrenceville Road in Garden Prairie, IL, to Mildred and Allen Turner, she frequently commented on her wonderful childhood growing up on the farm. Betty attended a one-room schoolhouse and loved riding her pony, Rainy Day, with her young cousin Jim Turner. She graduated from Belvidere High School and Hamilton Business School in Rockford.

On May 4, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart, U.S. Navy Ensign Robert S. Wright of Belvidere, son of Nan and S.H. Wright. Her husband preceded her in death in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie, Seattle, WA (Sheryl Westergreen); son, Tom, Alpharetta, GA, (Paula), grandson, Jeff, and granddaughter, Natalie; as well as brothers Gary Turner (Ann), Garden Prairie, and Giles Turner (Bunny), Augusta, WI. Her brother Gilbert (Mary Alice), Belvidere, preceded her in death.

Early in her career, Betty worked in the abstract department at the Farmers National Bank of Belvidere (now Alpine Bank), was secretary to the principal of Logan Elementary School, and later worked as a legal secretary for Belvidere attorneys John Strom and Laurie Larson. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Belvidere for nearly 69 years, where she served on many church committees and taught Sunday School. When her children were young, she was president of the PTA and led a Brownie Scout Troop. She was very committed to the betterment of her community, serving on the boards of the Belvidere Woman’s Club (officer), Jr. Woman’s Club, Highland Hospital Auxiliary (officer), City of Belvidere Streetscape Committee, the YMCA (officer), and was a past president of the Boone County Historical Society as well as a museum docent. She also was a member of Yard and Home Garden Club, Women’s Garden Club of Boone County, and served on many local fund drives.

Friends and acquaintances referred to Betty as a woman with grace, class, and style. She was exceptionally creative with a strong sense of fashion and panache. She enjoyed home design and decorating, entertaining, and preparing gourmet experiences for family and friends. At a fundraising event for the Historical Society, one of her highly sought-after homemade pies was auctioned for $350.

She made many enduring friendships through bridge, tennis, and golf and surprised herself with a hole-in-one at Bel-Mar Country Club, much to the envy of her brother-in-law Ed Wright of Atherton, CA. She enjoyed road trips with her husband and frequently visited her children in Seattle and Atlanta. Family was her pride and joy. She was a special sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. 

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Belvidere, the Belvidere YMCA Youth Program, the Boone County Historical Society, and the Belvidere Cemetery Tree Replacement Fund.

A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, January 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Belvidere. A private burial in Belvidere Cemetery precedes the service. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit


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Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm -

First United Methodist Church


610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere, IL, 61065

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A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, January 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Belvidere.

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In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Belvidere, the Belvidere YMCA Youth Program, the Boone County Historical Society, and the Belvidere Cemetery Tree Replacement Fund.


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Born: September 3, 1925
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Mary Hale posted on 1/10/15

Betty will be missed by all that knew her. You have a special place in my heart, Betty I love you...


Dee Monson posted on 1/17/15

Each time I took lettuce, ,green beans, tomatoes & potatoes to Betty from our garden, she & I would spend a long time talking about her childhood & her family. She was a lady filled with class & good taste, yet still that "little country girl". Boone Co. truly lost a beacon connecting the past to the present who will never be replaced. She was really "One of a kind".


Dave Lampert, Foster Lampert and Anita Wennmacher posted on 1/15/15

Betty was a loving and generous lady and will be greatly missed. Thinking of all of you during this time. Dave and Sandy Lampert and family Foster and Judi Lampert and family Anita Wennmacher and family


Darlene Schoepski posted on 1/14/15

Remembering that Betty took her birthday money many years ago and helped to purchase for the BCHM their Past Perfect program. Thank you Betty.


Lila Morris posted on 1/14/15

Leslie, Sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember well when she was our Brownie Scout leader. She was a very nice Lady & did a lot for children. She will be rewarded in heaven. Bless you & your family & may God speed healing. Lila(Goodall) Morris


Stuart and Susan Wright posted on 1/12/15

We were saddened to hear of Aunt Betty's passing. She was a wonderful person with an intense love for family. When I told Susan of her passing - she summed it up perfectly - "Aunt Betty was so very sweet to me" Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom, Leslie and the Turners. Stuart and Susan Wright Indianapolis, IN


Patrick Murphy posted on 1/12/15

A very special Lady, Belvidere is better because of Betty, glad I was fortunate to know her.


Rod Bergstrom posted on 1/12/15

My wife Patty and I are so blessed to have spent so much time with Betty and Bob on their visits to Alpharetta, Georgia, since the mid 1980's. They were both such classy people and strong Christians that were the bedrock of the greatest generation. Nothing about Betty was average particularly her recipes. She will live on in our memories forever until we join her and Bob in heaven.


Tina Brasher posted on 1/11/15

Although I only new Betty a short time it was very obvious how proud she was of her family and the home her and her husband created for them. She spoke lovingly of them and shared that she had such wonderful memories of her life from her childhood throughout adulthood. I am thankful for the time I had in helping with her care at the end of her journey. Prayers go out for peace and comfort to all of her loved ones. Sincerely, Tina, OSF Hospice


Sherry Page Hicks posted on 1/11/15

Betty will be greatly missed, she was always the sensible one to work with at meetings and on committees. A fashionable lady never a hair out of place. Very elegant and always a lady. Thank you Betty for leaving us with grace and style. Prayers to your family


Jessica, Jim, Lily and Jack Schneider posted on 1/17/15

AUnt Betty you will be dearly missed. We love you.