Betty Bell Wright Hamlin, 95

Betty Bell Wright Hamlin, 95, North Manchester, passed away on June 13, 2022 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center in North Manchester.

The daughter of John T. and Hattie E. (McIntire) Bucher, Betty was born in Wabash County on Oct. 25, 1926.

She attended Laketon High School where she played clarinet in the band. After graduating from Laketon High School in 1944, she went on to take courses at Indiana Business College. Betty retired as a secretary at Eaton Controls in North Manchester.

On June 6, 1948, Betty married Jack “Bill” Wright whom she met at the age of 21 while attending the Silver Creek Church of God in Akron. Bill passed away on Nov. 21, 1974. Betty met and married her second husband, Donald W. Hamlin, in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on September 4, 1976. Donald passed away on June 30, 1982.

Betty was fond of traveling and her favorite trips included Paris, France and Italy. She was an extremely skilled seamstress and basket weaver and was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester. Active in the Lutheran Women’s groups, she also enjoyed making quilts and lap blankets. Betty was a member of the North Manchester Historical Society, Pony Creek Basket Guild, and the Business & Professional Women’s Club.

Betty is survived by her nephews, Jerry (Jan) Bucher, William “Bill” (Jacki) Bucher, Larry (Chris) Bucher, David (Kristy) Bucher, and Ted (Tuesday) Bucher; nieces, Judy (Kent) French, and Jane (Tim) Denney, and many great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Hattie E. (McIntire) Bucher; husbands, Jack “Bill” Wright, and Donald W. Hamlin; brothers, Daniel M. Bucher, and Eugene F. Bucher; and nephews, Ken Bucher and John Bucher.
Visitation and services were Friday, June 17, 2022, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Pastor Laura Stone officiated. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley St., North Manchester.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty Hamlin, memorial may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 113 W. Main St., North Manchester.

The family of Betty Hamlin has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.
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Posted on 2022 Jun 22