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Elizabeth "Betty" Evenden

December 11, 1925 - May 4, 2022
Novi, MI



Friday, May 20, 2022
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 525-9020


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Saturday, May 21, 2022
11:00 AM EDT
Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church
9601 Hubbard Street
Livonia, MI 48150

*Instate 9:30am


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St. Jude's Children Hospital
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Life Story / Obituary


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Sellars Evenden, 96, of Novi, Michigan. She was born December 11, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan and entered Eternal Rest May 4, 2022.

Born the oldest of three children of Elizabeth and Guynn Wilcher. Betty called Detroit home for many years. Betty graduated from Mackenzie High School in 1944 and went on to attend Business School after which she worked in multiple secretarial positions in the automotive industry, which included a time at Ford Motor Company. She met her future husband William T. Sellars, while golfing with a girlfriend, and he later joined Ford Motor Company as an engineer. Betty and Bill raised three children and were married 25 years until his passing in 1979.

Betty worked at Riley Middle School in Livonia as a secretary to the principal for over 20 years until her retirement. While working at Riley Middle School she found love again and married Clayton Evenden in 1982. Betty and Clayton traveled, volunteered, and enjoyed 21 years of marriage until he passed away in 2004.

Betty was active in both volunteering and as a Quester at Greenmead Historical Village for over 20 years. She also loved cruising on the sea and gardening and did so well into her late 80s.

Betty Evenden moved to the Fox Run Senior Community several years ago and there she made many friends and enjoyed countless activities during the last years of her life.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband William T. Sellars and her second husband, Clayton Evenden; daughter, Gail E. Paulus; brother, Wallace Wilcher; and her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Dwight) Wininger; son, William Gary (Karen) Sellars; Son-In-Law, Steven Paulus; six grandchildren, Amanda (Devon) Taylor, Alicia Wininger, Austin (Paige) Wininger, Barrett Sellars, Kirsta (Jordan) Jenne, and Kyle Paulus; two great-grandchildren, Bixby Taylor and John Jenne; sister, Lois Moore; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services are as follows: Visitation, Friday May 20, 2022 from 5-8 pm at Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48154. Funeral service Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church, 9601 Hubbard St., Livonia, Michigan 48150, with Greeting/Viewing 9:30 am until time of funeral service at 11 am. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Michigan

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bettys favorite charities: The American Red Cross, Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church, The Salvation Army, St. Jude Children’s Hospital (see links below)