Betty Jean "McBee" Cole

Betty Jean McBee was born on April 23, 1942, in Monroe, Michigan. She was one of children born from the union of Floyd and Margaret (Broom) McBee, Sr. Betty attended Monroe High School.  Later, in life she received her High School Diploma.

Betty liked playing Bingo anywhere she could. She especially enjoyed being the one shouting “Bingo!”.  She valued attending local garage sales and flea markets in Tennessee, with her husband. The duo would intricately explore the sales so they could always snatch up the best deal.  Betty always wanted to be shopping. In fact, she once woke up from a sleep and proclaimed she wanted to get ready to go shopping!

Betty enjoyed being employed at Hilltoppers in Tennessee as a Direct Support Professional (Caregiver) for many years. She raised shih tzu dogs and lovingly adored her own pet, she named Peanut. Above anything, Betty treasured her family. She would cook for the Holidays just so her family would all gather to celebrate. Betty appreciated taking road trips with her family and her husband; they would travel to up north, Michigan or to anywhere down south. Her preferred method of travel was always by car, as she would not dare to fly on an airplane.

Betty Jean Cole passed away at 10:35am on Wednesday June 16, 2021, at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, Ypsilanti. In addition to her passing, her husband: William “Red” Cole; brothers: Buddy McBee, Kenny McBee, Ricky McBee, Jimmy Dise; and one grandson: Billy; one great grandson: Linkyn.

To cherish her memory, she leaves her children: Pam (Dave) Duvall, Shelly (the late Kyle) Whittemore, Jill (Rob) Miller, Cindy (Ron) Kopp, Michael (Tammy) Hitchcock, Tom Hitchcock, Bill (Lori) Cole, Kelly Olds, Tommy (Desiree) Williams; siblings: Carol (Loy Russom) Angerer

And Roy McBee; twenty grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Ida McBee and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may gather on Tuesday June 22, 2021, from 2:00pm until the celebration of Her life at 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service; North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162. Interment will take place in Crest Lawn Cemetery, Cookeville, Tennessee on Thursday June 24, 2021, at 11:00am.

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