GEORGETOWN — Betty “Grandma Farmer” Waterman, 90, of Georgetown, passed away at 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Gardenview Manor Nursing Home, Tilton.
She was born on May 4, 1924, in Ridge Farm, the daughter of Harvey and Rachel (Yates) Pollitt.
She was united in marriage to John Waterman on Sept. 4, 1942, in Rantoul until his passing in 1973.
Betty had worked for the Cool Spot Drive-In Restaurant in Westville and also had worked for Ben Franklin in Georgetown, where she was fondly known to many as the “Craft Lady.” She had also worked for Latoz Hardware.
Betty was a member of First Church of Christ, Georgetown, and the Historical Society. She also was an election judge for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, bowling and collecting salt and pepper shakers. She was an Illini fan and an avid gardener. She also enjoyed taking trips to Michigan. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
She will be missed by her daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Waterman; her grandchildren, Kevin and Kurt Kupcick, Laura (Randy) Fletcher, John (Carrie) Waterman, Christopher (Kellie) Waterman, Jason Waterman, Melissa Waterman, Jim (Nichole) Waterman, Tim (Nicole) Waterman, Paul (Shannon) Waterman; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Don and John Waterman; her daughter, Barb Miller; her great-grandson, Christopher Waterman Jr.; and her seven brothers and sisters.
A celebration of Betty’s life will begin at noon Monday, May 12, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor James Blue officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday prior to her service at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Georgetown.
Memorial donations may be given in her name to Georgetown Food Pantry at First of Church of Christ in Georgetown. Please join Betty’s family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.