Betty Jane France Aker, 88, passed away at Mill Pond Health Campus Monday evening, Feb. 8, 2010.
She was born June 18, 1921, in Brazil, to George France and Grace Hicks France.
Betty Aker married Forest Mace Aker Oct. 4, 1952, at Big Walnut Church by the Rev. Dallas Rissler.
Betty Aker is survived by children Rebecca Aker, Philadelphia, and Stephen Mace Aker, Reelsville, and daughter-in-law Vicki Timm. Mrs. Aker is also survived by granddaughters Hannah Aker and Grace Aker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother George France.
Betty Aker was a retired public school music teacher. She taught for many years in the Greencastle School system as well as in Clay City, Reelsville, and Miami Beach, Fla., public schools.
She graduated valedictorian from Reelsville High School in 1938, and then received a BS degree from Indiana State University, majoring in music and Latin. She went on to study music at Butler University, the Jordan School of Music.
Mrs. Aker was a life member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She was a docent there for 25 years. She was an avid art collector and lectured on early artists in Indiana.
She was past president of the Asian Art Society at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and involved in the museum's Horticultural Society as well.
She and her husband were actively involved in the Indianapolis Portfolio Club for many years.
She received the 1980 Distinguished Citizen of the Year for her work as Chairman of the Central Indiana Regional Blood Drive.
She was a 50-year member of the Greencastle First Baptist Church, where she served as the choir director, pianist and deaconess.
She was involved in many Greencastle organizations, some of which were Delta Kappa Gamma, PEO, DAR, Garden Club, Crescent Club, Boston Club, Fortnightly Club, and Heritage Preservation Society.
Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, with Rev. Randy McNeely officiating.
Visitation is from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery.
Betty Aker and her family had very special affection for the Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery Endowment in care of the Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, Ind., 46135.