Betty L. McClure age 84 passed away March 11 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald. She is survived by her children Steven McClure and Christine Carocci both of Portland OR; and many nieces and nephews in Michigan. Betty was the youngest of 13 siblings and half-siblings and was born on July 2 1927 in White Cloud Michigan. Her mother died when Betty was only 4 years old so she was raised by her widower father as she grew up swimming in the mill pond and making good grades in school. Betty worked at the Gerber Baby Foods plant in Fremont Michigan before venturing into the big city of Grand Rapids Michigan. She graduated with honors from the Grand Rapids College of Stenotype in 1948 and worked in that field for a short time after graduation. In 1948 she married Gerald R. McClure and on 7/1/50 their son Steven was born. A daughter Christine completed the family with her arrival on 7/4/51. In the early sixties the family moved to Simi in southern California where Jerry worked as a guidance system engineering technician on the Apollo space programs race to the moon accomplished in July 1969. Betty was a homemaker while the kids attended junior high school. Upon the familys return to Michigan in the mid-sixties the McClure family built their own brick house on ten acres near Grand Rapids in Lowell Township. Betty was employed by the Amway Corporation for over 20 years until she retired in 1988. After Jerry died in the spring of 2008 Betty moved to Oregon to be with her kids. Steven a retired doctor is writing a book on Lewis & Clark. Christine is an Administrative Assistant in the Dermatology Department at Oregon Health & Science University. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel 305 N. Hudson Lowell with visitation one hour prior. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association 2944 Fuller Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids MI 49505.