The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

February 25, 2014

Betty Eugunia Smith-Martin

Mrs. Betty Eugunia Smith-Martin, born on March 20, 1944, was the daughter of Eugene Smith and his wife, Sarah Miller Smith, and was born at home.

Betty was a student at Garfield School in Danville, Ill., and of Danville High School.

Betty met and married Stanley Edward Martin of Danville. They married in 1963 and had two children, Joseph Abraham Martin, born Dec. 23, 1967, and Elizabeth Martha Martin, born Nov. 19, 1969. They divorced in 1970.

Betty was always interested in education, an interest she encouraged and nurtured in her two children. Betty attended and graduated from Danville Junior College. In 1975 Betty earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in early childhood education. Betty also took courses in nursing because she had a love for people and wanted to help others. Betty did enjoy education, such that in the 1990s she transferred to Illinois State University where she earned senior year credits in sociology and at the University of Illinois at Springfield earned senior year credits in psychology.

Through her encouragement, her son, Joseph, earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And her daughter, Elizabeth, earned a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in sociology at Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a concentration in clinical counseling at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

In the late 1990s Betty and her two children moved from Danville to Champaign­-Urbana. Betty always loved people and loved life. She enjoyed picnics, cooking, watching science-fiction movies and action adventure movies. She rarely watched comedies, because she said that many of them were making humor from someone’s real-life hardship.

Betty enjoyed exercise and participated in two Champaign County YMCA survivor challenges, completing both of them. She also enjoyed weightlifting and in her mid to late 60s was able to pull 165 pounds toward her chest on the horizontal cable and carry sitting benches in the gym for moderate distances.

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