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Obituary for Betsy Lapham

Betsy Lapham, age 80 of Middleville, passed away peacefully at Green Acres in Wayland on April 2, 2021. Betsy was born on October 10, 1940 in Lawrence, MI to Ralph and Celena (Carpenter) Anderson. Betsy married the love of her life, Paul E. Lapham, on December 2, 1978, and together they shared 43 wonderful years. She spent most of her time as a homemaker. In her spare time, she enjoyed being outdoors cultivating and caring for her flowers. Betsy and Paul worked side by side in the yard and garden and she was known to can the fruits of their labor. Betsy discovered her passion for quilting and was an avid quilter for many years. She created several works of art that she gifted to family and friends, never using a machine to complete her creations. Each piece was sewn lovingly by hand. Most important to Betsy was her family, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Betsy is survived by her loving husband, Paul; children: Robert (Valerie) Flynn, Patricia (James) Naru, Jennifer (husband-like-person, Todd Rule) Flynn, Leigh (James) Trine, Kelvin (Rita) Lapham, Kris Lapham, Kathy (Dominic) Hossler, Kirk (Julie) Lapham; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; siblings: David Anderson, Judith Anderson, Martha Borek, Donna Anderson; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Steve Anderson. Services are being planned for later this summer. Burial will take place in Hooker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for the benefit of Interim Hospice to the A. Raymond Kalliel Hospice Foundation, 1971 E. Beltline NE., Ste. 219, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Betsy's family.