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Recent Obituary: Lois Ada Marie Gibson, Betty L. (Lausen) Pope

Lois Ada Marie Gibson of Brighton, age 89 passed away Friday, March 17, 2023, at Trinity Health Hospital in Ypsilanti.

She was born April 24, 1933, in Oceana County, the daughter of Earl Willard and Elizabeth Caroline (Boelke) Shirtum.

Lois graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education from Albion College and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. While raising her family, she and Harry fostered five children and hosted foreign exchange students.

With her family raised, she continued her devotion to service by teaching the visually handicapped in the Detroit Public School system for 20 years, retiring in 1995. Spare time was spent taking their grandchildren on adventures in education.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 11:00 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating.

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Betty L. (Lausen) Pope of Chelsea, Michigan formerly of Ann Arbor.

Betty passed away just one day shy of her 100th birthday, yet the legacy of her strength, will and heart live on.

Betty was born March 15th, 1923, in Rockford, Illinois, beloved daughter of Howard and Bessie Lausen.

At the age of 15, she moved with her parents to Ann Arbor where she lived until moving to the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) in 2006.

During her 25-year career at Hoover-NSK she worked as a supervisor in sales paving the way for future women in business. Betty was passionate about her family, instilling integrity, a good work ethic and kindness to others.

Betty enjoyed traveling, antiquing, craft fairs and exploring thrift shops.

No formal memorial service is planned, although the immediate family will have an informal gathering to celebrate Betty’s life at a later time.

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