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Chesterton Tribune Publisher Elizabeth Betty Canright, 90, was active in community

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Chesterton Tribune publisher Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Florence Canright, 90, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Porter Regional Hospital in Liberty Township.

She was born January 23, 1927, in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Norman E. Bourne and Elizabeth Bertsch.

On September 11, 1949, in Kokomo, Indiana, she married Warren H. Canright, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by children David (wife Margaret Willis) of Chesterton, Thomas (Anne) of Evanston, Illinois, and Jane of Chesterton, grandchildren Dexter, Abigail and Elizabeth, sisters-in-law Margaret Bourne of Fosteria, Ohio, Sally (Stan) Gorski, of Sedona, Arizona and Phyllis Keller, of Muncie, Indiana, brother-in-law John (Rosemary), of Chesterton, and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, son Robert, brothers Norman, George and Carl and sisters Katherine and Helen.

Shortly after her birth Betty’s father moved the family to Kokomo, Indiana.

Betty graduated from Kokomo High School in 1944 and earned a degree in mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1948. After teaching a year at Waldron High School she married Warren and moved to Chesterton, where the couple’s first apartment was in the Brown House, now the Westchester Township History Museum.

Betty was a life long supporter of public schools and was a member of the Building Corporation for Chesterton’s first Junior High School, now Westchester Intermediate School. She was active in the PTA and taught as a substitute teacher in the Westchester and Duneland School systems and as an adult education teacher at Westchester Library.

She was a life-long Methodist and member of the Chesterton United Methodist Church since 1949. She taught Sunday school and served on numerous church boards and committees.

She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and a founding board member of the Duneland YMCA.

She was an avid genealogist and local historian. She served as President of the Duneland Historical Society from 2000-2004 and edited the society’s newsletter. She was a regular volunteer at the Township History Museum and a tour guide at Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm with Friends of the Dunes.

She served several years as a volunteer and greeter at Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso.

Betty was a Cubs fan, an IU fan, loved walks in the Indiana Dunes and was a voracious reader and participant in the Popular Books Group at the library. She and husband Warren loved to travel and participated in several educational Elder Hostels in remote locales.

Once her children finished high school she joined the Chesterton Tribune as Office Manager. After the death of husband Warren she became co-publisher with son David and his wife Margaret. She continued to work part-time for the Tribune until her death. Among her activities at the Tribune she pushed for more features and coverage of local history and helped research special projects on the Tribune’s Centennial and the 50th anniversary of World War II. She was originator, compiler and author of the Chesterton Tribune’s Echoes of the Past and was the judge of the Pigskin Picks contest

For her lifetime of community service she was honored with the Athena Award by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in 1995.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church and Brincka-Cross County Park.

White-Love Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

 

Posted 10/20/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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