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
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.
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
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
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.
Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service
will be held at a later date.