Betty J. Tomion

July 10th, 1925 to October 6th, 2018

Betty Jean Tomion, aged 93, of Fort Gratiot, Michigan died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, October 6, 2018 after loving goodbyes from her family.

She was born in Spokane, Washington on July 10, 1925, the youngest of four children born to Scandinavian immigrants Carl and Helga Franson. She was valedictorian of Fowlerville High School, where she met Samuel Tomion, her husband of 52 years.

Betty's life was marked by a love of adventure and continual learning. She graduated from nursing school at Harper Hospital during World War II, and went on to teach nursing at St. Clair County Community College. She also held undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Flint.

She was a devoted member of the YMCA. Ever seeking to challenge herself, she learned to swim in her 40's, and went on to swim 75 lengths of the pool on her 75th birthday. She loved to travel, even in her later years, and she enjoyed Elder Hostel trips that took her to all seven continents--even playing with penguins in Antarctica. She was also an active member of the First Congregational Church for many years.

In 1977, her daughter, Margaret Ann (Maggie) suffered a debilitating brain injury from an automobile accident. Betty became her primary caregiver and advocate and spent the next 30 years ensuring Maggie had the best quality of life.

Betty was a voracious reader who enjoyed the Economist and the New Yorker, often sharing the cartoons with friends and family.

Betty spent her final decade at Mercy Village, receiving excellent care from a wonderful staff. She was predeceased by her husband Sam, her daughter Maggie, and all of her siblings, Edna Franson, Lloyd Franson, and Mary Ann Markert.

She is survived by her children, Karl (Denise) Tomion, Walter (Valerie) Tomion, and Sarah Tomion (Paul DeGrow); her grandchildren, Laura (Scott) Comerford and Diane Tomion; her great-grandchildren Tristan, Mallory, Alex, Reece, and Harper Comerford; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Pollock-Randall Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Deacon Dennis Crimmins will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Clair County Community College Nursing Program.

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