She was born December 20, 1937, in Allendale to Luis and LaVerne (Thurkettle) Nuland. On June 7, 1957, she married Herman Rycenga, and he preceded her in death November 2, 2001.
Betty loved her family, she loved Saturday morning coffee, Christmas bingo, camping with all of them. She enjoyed gardening, bowling and baking. Betty used her talents by playing music for local nursing homes. She volunteered her time and energy crocheting and making quilts for the VA Home in Grand Rapids and baking pies for the VFW. Betty was a former member of Hope Reformed Church and stood by her faith in all that she did.
She is survived by three children: Lee (Janet) Rycenga, Lyle (Renee) Rycenga and Susan (Jeff Hinkle) Tompkins, all of Grand Haven; seven grandchildren: Tanya, and Todd Rycenga, Kylene (Ryan) Schipper, Jessica, and Benjamin Rycenga, Jennifer (Alex) Moore, and David Tompkins Jr.; five great-grandchildren: Aiden and Adelynn Rycenga, Cecilia and Charlie Schipper, and Caleb Moore; four siblings: Edith (Roger) Rycenga, Mae (Alvin) Eaton, Ann (Louis) VanFarowe and John (Rosemary) Nuland; in-laws, Ron Higbee and Elwood (Marge) Rycenga; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis Nuland and LaVerne (Clifford) Beukema; son-in-law, David Tompkins Sr; and sister-in-law, Lois Higbee.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at The VanZantwick Chapel (620 Washington Ave.) with the Rev. Tim Taylor officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Historic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be given to Christian Haven Home. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com.