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Bette Hotchkin

March 6, 1931 December 5, 2018
Bette Hotchkin
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Bette Jane Hotchkin


Bette Jane (Schmidt) Hotchkin, 87, passed away on December 5, 2018 in Tampa, FL. Born March 6, 1931 in Lansing, MI to the late Albert and Eulalia (Isenhath) Schmidt, Bette performed many roles over the years in her family's grocery business, Schmidt’s Super Markets, including head cashier and trainer. Married to Ward Hotchkin in 1951, she cherished being a wife, mother, and grandmother.


Bette was a very active member of her churches, including Christ United Methodist in Lansing, Holt UMC in Holt, and Lake Magdalene UMC in Tampa. She was known for diligently sending out cards and correspondence to lift others’ spirits. For many, Bette's welcoming nature defined hospitality. She showed friendship and grace to everyone she met. Quick-witted, humorous, and clever, she was a truly gifted hostess, with her home frequently the gathering place for family and friends. She was an excellent cook; her recipes will be staples in her family’s kitchens for generations. Above all else, Bette’s life was directed by her unwavering love for and devotion to family, friends, and her faith. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.


Bette is survived by her loving family, children Debra (Paul) Handy and Mark (Rita) Hotchkin; grandchildren James Handy, David Hazel, Alissa VanDeman, and Samantha Hotchkin (Ethan Gordon); great-grandsons Fletcher, Jeremy, and Obediah VanDeman; dear niece and nephew Tonja Lee and Denis Smith; sister-in-law Elmerna Cosgrove; brother-in-law Darrel (Nola) Hotchkin; and many nieces and nephews. Bette was preceded in death by her husband Ward, sisters Pauline Smith and Alberta Lee, and brother Albert (Bud) Schmidt Jr. Bette’s life will be celebrated in Tampa, and also at a gathering of family and friends for interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing. Both will occur at later dates.


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