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Betty Lou Woolverton

October 12, 1928 ~ October 21, 2019 (age 91)


Betty Lou Woolverton died on October 21, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana at the age of 91.

She was born Elizabeth Lou McCarthy in South Bend in 1928 to Dorothy (Miller) and JHB McCarthy.  Betty Lou grew up in South Bend and spent summers at Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, MI throughout her life. She graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

It was at Diamond Lake that she met Hugh Woolverton, Jr. of South Bend. They married in 1950 and spent 56 very happy years together.  They lived in Niles, MI where they raised four children, Hugh III (Susan) of Oakland, ME, Dorothy Wells (James) of Bend, OR, Sarah (John Herbert) of Boston, MA and William (Linda) of Portland, OR.  She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh, her son, William and her brother, John Miller McCarthy.

She was the beloved grandmother of nine grand children Margo Reynolds, Emily Nicholson, Ian Woolverton; Heather, Megan and Nicholas Wells; Sarah, Meredith and Alex Woolverton. She had five great-grand children and eleven nieces and nephews.

Betty Lou and Hugh were very active in their church, schools and civic organizations in Niles. Her volunteer activities included Fernwood Botanical Garden and the Niles Service League. She was a member of the Ladies Historical Society and the South Bend Antiquarian Society.  Betty Lou was an avid reader and gave book reviews to area literary groups for over fifty years. She embraced Hugh’s hobbies of raising sheep and Christmas trees on their farm west of Niles. Betty Lou was with Signal Travel & Tours for several years where she particularly enjoyed traveling with groups to Europe, East Asia and South America.

Arrangements are being handled by Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Services of Niles. Interment at Riverview Cemetery in South Bend will be private. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles on December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm. The family will greet friends after the service at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Niles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name can be directed to Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120 or First Presbyterian Church in Niles, 13 S. Fourth St, Niles, MI 49120.  Online condolences may be left at:

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Memorial Service
December 4, 2019

1:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
13 South 4th Street
Niles, MI 49120

December 4, 2019

2:30 PM
Fernwood Botanical Garden
13988 Range Line Road
Niles, MI 49120

Private Committal

Riverview Cemetery
2300 Portage Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46616


Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
13988 Range Line Road, Niles MI 49120
Tel: 1-269-695-6491

FPC Foundation, c/o First Presbyterian Church
13 South Fourth Street, Niles MI 49120

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