Elizabeth Jane "Bette" Lammers of Findlay, went to her heavenly home at 8:09 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Legacy at Heritage. Elizabeth was born on January 21, 1926 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to the late James and Ilah (VanGasbeck) Broderick. She was raised on her family fruit farm near Riverside, Michigan. She graduated from St. John's High School in Benton Harbor and attended St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana.
While at college she met the love of her life, Raymond J. (Ray) Lammers, a student at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. After his graduation from Notre Dame, they were married on May 13, 1950 in St. John's Catholic Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Bette and Ray moved to Findlay to begin their married lives together, as Ray was employed at the Findlay plant of Lammers Outdoor Advertising. In the 1950's they purchased the Findlay Operation from his father, sister and uncles.
The 1950's also saw the family grow with the birth of four sons: Bill, Mike, Andy and Jerry. During this time Bette, along with Ray, was active in many parish, civic and sports activities. Through their associations they developed a core group of friends who stayed close for many decades to come. They formed a regular "Dinner Group" that met often.
As a stay at home mom with four active boys, she was always helping with school work, scouting, and sports. In the summer months, she and the family would travel to the lake every weekend. Over the years they were at Lake Erie and lakes in Indiana and Michigan. She enjoyed water skiing and ice skating. After her boys started to leave home and she had more time for herself, she began to paint. She was very artistic and the family treasures the artwork she created from that time. She loved crafts and was always showing what new project she had accomplished.
Her greatest joy and success was probably her flowers and gardening. She loved to go to each and every greenhouse to see the newest varieties of plants available. She was on a first name basis with many local nurseries and was rewarded often with the chance to purchase some of the new varieties that they were showcasing. To walk out her back door was to see a beautiful sweep of color and blooms that she tended with much care. Often teased by Ray when she brought home more "weeds" to plant, she loved to show them off and give you tips about where to buy the best plants each season. She always enjoyed the holidays, to be able to have her family get together and especially Christmas Eve where we all went to celebrate at their home.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at the Legacy at the Heritage for the exceptional care our mother received in her last years.
Bette was preceded in death by her husband Ray on October 20, 2012. Surviving are three sons, William J. (Julia) Lammers, Michael J. (Monica) Lammers, C. Andrew (Pamela) Lammers, all of Findlay; seven grandchildren: Erin (Preston) Springer of Bailey, Colorado, Allison (Anthony) McGrath of Berthoud, Colorado, Scott Lammers of Findlay, Mark (Rebecca) Lammers of Cincinnati, and Carrie (Tony) Ruffing of McCutchenville, Kyle (Jennifer) Ball of Findlay, and Jenna (Dirk) Conner of Bowling Green, Ohio; and twelve great grandchildren: Iris, Braxton, Bryn, Brooklyn, Jolee, Karver, Daigen, Angelina, Quinton, Aiden, Aidryk and Ariya. She was preceded in death by a son Gerald T. "Jerry" Lammers in 1988, and a brother Tom Broderick.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 10-11:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow visitation, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church with Fr. Zacharias and Msgr. Hohenbrink celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Michael Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Michael Parish, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, Ohio 45840, or Alzeimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, ATTN: Findlay-Lima Office, 480 W. Dussel Dr., Suite 150, Maumee, OH 43537. Online condolences may be sent via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.