Betty Jean Mundon
Middleton-Betty Jean Mundon (Hancock) passed away Tuesday May 13, 2014, 12:20 A.M. at Agrace HospiceCare .
Born on August 18, 1929 in Hardin county Illinois to parents; Effie (Oglesby) Hancock and Raymond Hancock. Betty graduated from Madison East High School, residing in Madison her whole adult life. Married Fred Mundon March 21, 1949 in Dubuque Iowa. They both worked at Mendota State Institution with several friends and family members. In 1989 she retired from the WI State Retirement System.
She was a happy stay at home mom raising 4 young girls in a country farm house with gardens, flowers and an apple orchard. Betty and Fred sold apples and bikes, in which Betty easily put bikes together. She read, gardened, played, sang, and sewed her dresses with matching 4 daughters. Her love of birds, flowers and nature is embedded within her family. Betty was a die heart Packer Fan, never missing a game! Her artistic creative gifts including watercolor paintings passed to her daughter and granddaughters. She spent many fun trips, (including a train out West) with her oldest Grandson Rick Corcoran, (mother Judy). Betty was a very bright person in all facets especially with numbers, journals and memoirs. She wrote a book, “This is What I Heard” about the medical system intertwined within her own family’s sickness including polio. Betty had 38 years of beautiful sobriety. Many 24 hours were spent at the Madison Alano Club and AA Fitchburg Club.
She was given the nick name “Big Betty”, as she ruled in playing cribbage. Her influence, wisdom, and mentoring will be with friends and family forever. Her favorite topic was love, as she always said, “Love Baby, it’s all about Love”. Her creed and belief is expressed with the saying, “What the Caterpillar calls the end, God calls the Butterfly.” Family is very thankful to the AA 12 step program she embraced including some long term members themselves.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents Raymond Hancock and Effie Campfield, Brother-in-law Bob Derra and her special daughter Judy (Mundon) Corcoran who passed in 2005 from Multiple Sclerosis.
Betty is survived by: Sister Arlene (Hancock) Derra, daughter Peggy (Derra) Albedull, husband Doug, son Derrick and grandson. Her three remaining daughters; Oldest Nola (Mundon) Ramsey, son Roy Zielke with Kristi Martinson, her daughter Bree, their children Dakota and Seanna. Middle daughter Jeri Mundon, husband Tim Corcoran. Jeri’s three daughters; Christy (Fredricksen) Rippl, husband Scott, children Gillian and Gavin; Andrea Fredricksen; Heather (Fredricksen) Larson, husband Travis, Tim’ son Rick Corcoran. Youngest daughter Jill (Mundon) Carlsen, husband Chris, their two daughters; Jesse Carlsen, daughter Angela Carlsen; Crystal (Carlsen) Marr, husband Bill, their daughter Giada Marr.
Betty wanted to include; “As long as we can love each other and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on–in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. Death ends a life, not a relationship.” Quote from Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom. Her wishes were to be cremated without a formal ceremony.
The family thanks Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg and all home Caregivers during her last few years.
Donations if so choose please send to AGrace Hospice in Fitchburg.
A celebration of life will announced to family and friends at a later date.
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