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Betty Jean Dickson Byrne of Bloomington passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2016 of natural causes. Betty was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 14, 1931, where she studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She lived there with her family until they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she attended and graduated from Shortridge High School. Her parents were John and Alice Dickson. She has one sister, Eileen, of East Syracuse, New York and one brother, Paul (Sue), of Greenville, Michigan.
Betty graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in February, 1953. She met Louis Byrne, a medical student from Chicago, at a retreat at McCormick's Creek State Park, in 1950. They were married in August 1953. Louis attended DePauw University and University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago. He interned in Decatur, Illinois, before they moved to Roachdale, Indiana where he practiced family medicine for four years. They moved to Bloomington, Indiana where he practiced from 1961-1971.
Always interested in missions, Louis and Betty, who were both pilots, flew to Honduras in 1969 to serve with Christian Medical Society. They loved serving on medical mission trips. Louis died on one of these trips in 1971 while attempting to land at Soto de Marina, Mexico. Two of their five children, Karen (16) and David (15) accompanied him and were critically injured, but survived. Betty eventually returned to work as a Registered Nurse after a 22-year hiatus. She worked at Stone Belt, doctors' offices, Otis, R.C.A., Westinghouse, and the dispensaries at Meadowood and GE. She also filled in for 20 years at Bradford Woods as a nurse to visiting 5th graders.
Betty loved to paint T-shirts for the grandchildren, knit mittens, create stained glass and many other crafts. She played piano and organ, occasionally filling in at churches. She loved hockey, English tea and a good laugh. She was a member of the Lazy Daisies in Hoosier Acres in the 1960s, once a chairwoman of the Heart Fund, worked for Red Cross blood drives for 20 years, was a member of Registered Nurses Club. She loved to travel, visiting Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and New Guinea. She was active at her church -Evangelical Community Church - since its origin, and always in a Bible study group.
Betty leaves her five children; Karen (George), David (Nancy), Kathy, Steve (Amy), and Beth; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, as well as her siblings, sisters-in-law and many other extended family members. She will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Community Church; 503 S. High St. with Pastor Robert Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Friends may visit the family on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the E.C.C. mission fund at
Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home in Bloomington is in charge of the arrangements.
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