Obituary Betty Hansen Breed Pinehurst

Betty Hansen Breed, of Pinehurst, died peacefully at First Health Hospice House on October 29, 2020. 

She was born July 23, 1930 in Plainwell, Michigan to the late H. Chris Hansen and Ellen (Rasmussen) Hansen.  Betty graduated from Plainwell High School where she was a National Honor Society student.  She earned a BA degree from Western Michigan University and after a year internship at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan, received her ASCP Medical Technologist certification.  She worked as Chief Technologist at Burnham City Hospital in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois before returning to Michigan after her marriage June 17, 1953 to Sterling L. Breed.  She and Sterling moved to Kalamazoo and Betty returned to work at Bronson Methodist Hospital.  Sterling returned to complete his education and to join the staff at WMU. 

Betty enjoyed leadership positions in her activities – Western Michigan University Faculty Wives group, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Alumni group and her PEO Chapter Q in Kalamazoo.  After Betty, and Sterling, retired in 1992 they moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Betty continued her PEO involvement as a co-organizer and charter member of Chapter BL in Pinehurst.  She also served as an officer in the Neighbors of Pinehurst Organization and the Pinehurst Croquet Club.  Coming to Pinehurst they were introduced to the game of croquet, which they embraced, and loved.  Betty also loved to play bridge and called it her mental aerobics. 

Betty also loved to travel and treasured her numerous trips to Denmark from which her parents immigrated to America. She also traveled extensively to England, Scotland, Europe, Canada, Nova Scotia, the Virgin Islands, and throughout the United States.  Betty always expressed her love for her parents and the gifts of family togetherness they had taught her. She shared this gift with her son and family and her many friends. 

Betty is survived by:  her husband, Sterling L. Breed, her son Thomas S. Breed, his wife Nancy and grandson Christoffer; her nieces Crisann (Erick Johnson) Breed and Suzann (David) Middleton and their children Annalise and Bjorn Breed/Johnson and Ian and Aren Breed/Middleton. 

Betty’s sister, Ester K. Breed, married Sterling’s brother Charles A. Breed and both have predeceased her. 

Because of the virus, we will be celebrating at a later date, her life experiences and the impact it had on our lives. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to PEO Chapter BL ,c/o Jan Minoff, Treasurer, 375 Oakmont Circle, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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