Celebration of Life for Betty Ann DeJong, longtime resident of Deland, Florida, who passed away September 9, 2013 will be 11:00 AM Saturday, September 21 at First Baptist Church Daytona Beach. To honor Betty, we are asking everyone who attends to wear any shade of blue.
Betty was born in St Louis, MO and came to this area in 1983 after a life of world travel and living abroad. Her husband, Robert De Jong, was in the Air Force and so, by herself, she took her little girl, 3, and little boy, 18 months old to Japan so the family could be reunited. Then 4 years after being back in the states, she did it again, this time to Okinawa. The only state she didn’t visit was North Dakota. One of her favorite activities to do was to go on a cruise. She enjoyed not only the food of course, but the water also had a relaxing effect on her. Since she was very compassionate, kind-hearted, patient, and loving, her greatest pleasure was spending time with family and friends. Her creativity and intelligence was not limited to jewelry design, crafting and crocheting, she was also an accomplished seamstress. Bowling was her favorite sport and at the age of 80, she even bowled a 191 game. Because of her talent and love for music, she continued piano lessons all her life. In her early years as a secretary she could type 91 words a minute on a manual typewriter with no mistakes. Betty also took pleasure in Women’s Ministries at Stetson Baptist Church where she was a member.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Linda Miller-White and husband Steve of Port Orange, FL and son, Brent DeJong of Deland, Fl, two granddaughters, Traci Miller McCarthy and husband Paul, Toni Miller Perry and husband Scott, and four great grandchildren, Micah and Matthew McCarthy, and Gracie and Colby Perry, and a host of friends.
Betty will live in the hearts of those who love her forever. Because she loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the family takes great comfort knowing she is in Heaven and we will all be reunited again soon.
Memorial donations are requested to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia-Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail Port Orange, FL 32119.