(December 16, 1934 – December 12, 2013)
Betheny B. Hignite passed peacefully from this mortal world on Thursday, Dec. 12 after a multi-year battle with cancer. Betheny Jane was the daughter of Luman and Margurette Wing Bliss and was born in Midland about twenty minutes before her identical twin, Barbara Jean. She and her sister were mirror image twins and they dressed alike through their junior year in high school. She was raised in Midland and attended Midland schools, graduating from Midland High School in 1953. After attending Central Michigan University for one year, she was employed at Dow Chemical Company for about four years. Beth and Glenn Hignite were married in Midland at St. Johns?ÇÖ Episcopal Church on September 2, 1955. Beth came from a family heritage of talent in the arts and music. At an early age, while in the sixth grade she won first place in a city wide poster contest. Her homemade birthday cards were much admired by recipitants. While in her twenties, she took oil painting classes and many of her pictures are displayed in her home. Beth and her twin sister sang in St. Johns?ÇÖ Episcopal Church youth choir beginning in about the fifth grade and sang in both of the girls high school Glee clubs. In the mid 1960?ÇÖs she began singing in her church senior choir continuing until just recently. She also sang in the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church choir during the eighteen years she wintered in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In addition to singing in the St. John?ÇÖs Episcopal choir, she served on the Vestry, participated in Alpha Guild, spent 17 years involved SAMS food pantry, and was a member of the funeral luncheon team. She was raised with the philosophy that if it was Sunday, you went Church and she was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. She spent an afternoon once a week for several years in a group of ladies providing musical programs at one of the local nursing homes. She also worked in the Holy Spirit Thrift store one day each week while in Alabama. Beth was a stay at home mom until her children finished school. She was a Cub Scout den mother, and school room mother. When her last child was in high school, she worked several years as a temporary employee at Dow Chemical and at Dow Corning.Beth was always ready with a quick and friendly smile whether it was a long time friend or someone she just met. She always said she was not particularly fond of cooking but her s cakes and pies were delicious. She and Glenn enjoyed their trips to Europe but the highlight of their travels was the family trip with their children and grandchildren to the Mayan area of Mexico to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. She also greatly enjoyed her time in Gulf Shores Alabama and had made many friends among both the winter visitors to the area as well as the members of the local Holy Spirit Episcopal ChurchBeth is survived by Glenn her husband of 58 years, and three children, Michael Glenn (Paula) of Pinckney MI, Gordon Lee (Gloria) of Zeeland MI, and Lori Louise Hignite of Ypsilanti, MI. Also by her twin sister Barbara Staley and husband Dennis of Georgetown, Texas and sister Luann Tucker of Dallas, Texas. She was Nana to grand children Eleanor and Matthew Hignite, Michael and Chris Marble. She also has many nieces and nephews and first cousins scattered all over the country.A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Rob Skirving officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from 4 until 7 pm at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly Street and Monday, at the church from 10:00 am until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Salvation Army or West Midland Family Center.Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.