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Bety Jean Avery - 82

12/6/1932 - 7/28/2015


Betty Jean (Cleland) Avery, 82 of Colchester, passed away at 7:55 A.M. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at her residence.  She was born December 6, 1932, in Kirkwood, Illinois to Howard Cleland and Mable (Torrance) Kurtz.
She Married Fred J. Avery on May 1, 1951 in Macomb, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on April 14, 1990.
She is survived by Two Children; Frieda Avery of Colchester, Dallas (April) Avery of West Point, Illinois, Three Grandchildren: Rosa (Lonnie) Feld of Colchester, Illinois , Dakota Avery of Ursa, Illinois, Gage Avery (Bridgette Fouts ) of Quincy, Illinois, Four Great Grandchildren, Gavin Feld, Trevor Feld, Phoenix Avery and Ruger Olsen, One Sister; Margie (Cleland) Quick originally from Burlington, Iowa, Four Brothers; Jim (Sandra) Cleland of Effingham, Illinois, John (Shirley) Cleland of Erie, Colorado, Elgie Cleland of Alpine, California and Dale Cleland of San Diego, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Husband, Two Sisters: Helen (Cleland) Forman and June (Cleland) Livermore and one Brother, Donald Cleland.
Betty was a bookkeeper for Yetter Manufacturing, Chenowith Implement and Davia Beverage.  She left bookkeeping due to her numerous surgeries.  She then went on to be known as the “Pie lady” of baking and selling at the Farmers Market in Macomb.  She enjoyed Archery, Baking, Sewing, Reading and Crocheting.  She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, wife and friend.  She opened her heart to all helping raise three nieces, Jeanine and Brenda Cleland and Tina Avery, she also opened her door to family friend John Nicholas in his time of need.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Burial will follow services at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.  Visitation with the Family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, July 31, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the Funeral Home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to Colchester Rescue Squad.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Funeral Home


2:00 P.M. Saturday at the Funeral Home


  • Lynn & Cindy Cavett

    on 07/30/15

    Our deepest sympathy
  • maurine shaw bryan

    on 07/30/15

    wish I had run into her years ago. had no idea she was in Colchester and Macomb. acquainted with her from the 50s. wonderful person!!
  • Sarah Stehl

    on 08/01/15

    Sorry for your loss. I will miss talking with her. She was a wonderful lady.
  • ruthie Danielson

    on 08/15/15

    Elgie, if you see this, my husband Bob Danielson said when he went to town school from Union, you befriended him & his buddy & they weren't picked on! Nobody messed with Elgie. thanks for being anti bully back in the day. So sorry for the loss of your sister
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