Betty Mae Saddler Buchanan

Betty Mae Saddler Buchanan of Ortonville, MI passed away peacefully at home June 11, 2019 after a brave and furious battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was 68 years old.

Betty was born in Jackson, MI to Ilah Saddler.  They later moved back to the Saddler farm where she lived with her mother until she was 8 years old.  It was then that her mother married Virgil Dowker and they moved to Johannesburg, MI.

Betty graduated from Johannesburg High School in 1969 after which she attended Lake Superior State College. Then she moved to Pontiac and started working at General Motors. She later returned to school and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Northwood Institute. Then promoted to the Administrative division of General Motors, where she later retired in 2004.

Betty loved to travel which she and her husband Gary were able to do.  Whether it be backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, exploring Scotland, a summer spent in  Alaska, winters in sunny Florida, fly in fishing trips to a remote lake in Canada with their dear friends the Quinns, a trip to England with her aerobics girls, and even getting to see the Blue Footed Boobies in the Galapagos Islands.  If there was an opportunity, she took it as we all should, living a life as she said with “no regrets”.

Betty loved her grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  Family gatherings were always made extra special because of her, be it with many family and friends celebrating the Fourth of July at the “Joburg House” or just enjoying an evening together playing cards.

She was an avid reader and was actually able to finish her last book three days before she finished her last chapter.

Betty is survived by her husband of 35 years Gary Buchanan, her stepson Dean (Dolores) Buchanan of Clarkston, brother Dale (Cheryl) Dowker of Johannesburg, sister Dawn Aisthorpe of Johannesburg, grandchildren Jack, Gillian, and Miaya Tait of Goodrich, sister in law Margaret (John) Houk, brothers in law Terry (Theresa) Buchanan, Barry (Donna) Buchanan, her second mom and dad Gordon and Betty Brown of Johannesburg, and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ilah and Virgil Dowker and her step daughter Julie Buchanan Tait.

No service is scheduled at this time.  A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

7 Responses to "Betty Mae Saddler Buchanan"

  1. Louise Kubacki   June 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Gary I am so sorry to hear about Betty Mae we went to school together and we grew up together will miss her

  2. Susan Ellison Walters   June 13, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Dear sweet friend Dawn
    Betty Mae was an incredible woman, please know I’m thinking of you and your family. Every encounter with her was wonderful, I will remember her smile.

    Susan Walters

  3. Jan Caughron   June 13, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    We were some of Betty & Gary’s camping friends in Ft Myers , they were so good to us newbies , our love & prayers for you Gary & all the family .

  4. Patti & Bob Heath   June 14, 2019 at 11:22 am

    So sorry to hear. I knew Betty for many years. She loved to work out. She loved doing the spinning classes and group exercise classes. Betty had a beautiful smile. I remembered when she brought her grandchildren to do the kids exercise class. You could tell she loved being with her family and friends . Very nice lady. God bless her and her family . Sending lots of prayers to you all . May she Rest In Peace

  5. Larry Trevethan   June 14, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I worked with Betty for many years. She was always happy and helpful. I counted her as a friend and she has left this life way before she should have. May you realize your happiness in your new place Betty.

  6. diane gainey   June 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    We met Betty and Gary in the Galapagos. They welcomed us I to their group and we enjoyed many fun dinners and excursions. No one knew Betty was ill as she was to active and smiley and fun.

  7. Susan A Carlini   July 8, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Gary, so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a very brave lady and we were blessed to have her here in our park and know her. She will be truly missed. Don & Sue Carlini


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