BETTY HEDGES, 73, passed away on 12/31/2019 in Henderson, Nevada.

Betty was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 15th 1946 to Emilius and Melenia VanHoudt.

Betty grew up in Detroit and after marrying Doug, they settled down in Sterling Heights, MI and had their children, later moving on the lake in Oxford, MI. Years later they headed out west and settled in Henderson, NV. Betty was very social and had a lot of friends from all over and has stayed in close contact with them. Betty stayed home with her kids when they were young and then went back to work in the insurance industry for a number of years before finally retiring to help raise her grand kids. Betty enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and family, spending time with her grand kids, sharing treats with their two pugs; Molly and Rocky, gardening, watching QVC, and of course visiting the local casinos. Betty was a sucker for the penny machines.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Doug, of over 51 years and their son Mark Hedges (Karen); cherished grandmother of Tyler, all of Henderson, NV; daughter Heidi Cooper (Hedges); cherished grandmother of Morgan and Paige all of Broomfield, CO; Step son Doug Hedges Jr (Julie); their (5) children and (5) great grandchildren all of Mt. Clemens, MI.

Betty is also survived by her brother, Rick VanHoudt (Mary Jo) and her late dear sister, Mary (Joe) Toffoli and beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Betty will be greatly missed by all, she left quite an impression with her gentle smile, infectious laughter, and her love for all.

Visitation and Services will be held on January 17, 2020 at La Paloma Funeral Home at 5450 Stephanie St. Las Vegas, NV 89122 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with burial immediately following at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. Reception at Sun City Anthem

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  • Patricia Kanachki
    January 7, 2020 12:08 am

    Doug, so sorry to hear about Betty. We didn’t talk often, but when we would meetup again it was like we never left. Prayers for you and all the family.

  • Kay and Gerald Paquette
    January 7, 2020 12:24 am

    Betty was a dear friend and will be missed.

  • Kristie Carroll (Kanachki)
    January 7, 2020 3:00 am

    What a lady!! I’m sure Dad is harassing her now! My heart goes out to you and the family.

  • Kristie Carroll (Kanachki)
    January 7, 2020 3:04 am

    What a lady! I’m sure Dad’s harassing her! Prayers for you and the family.

  • RIP Aunt Betty. Thank you for all the Memories! 🙏😔 Love You forever! Danae Hedges

  • She will be deeply missed. I remember her and Doug when I was a kid. So sorry for your guys loss. It is a difficult time for sure

  • Nothing I can say will take away the pain you are all going though right now ,but I am sorry I will miss the phone calls she was always there for me .

  • Tedd & Sharon Hasouris
    January 15, 2020 4:15 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss, hopefully time will heal you & family

  • My deepest heartfelt sympathies are sent to Betty’s families (Hedges/VanHoudt). I had the privilege of meeting both Betty & Doug during our WCRC employment days. It was such a surprise to learn of their move from Detroit to Henderson, NV. So much so that I was excited about their accepting an invitation to my Christmas party in 2003 (26 yrs after I left Detroit for Las Vegas). Seeing them both brought back so many memories. Unfortunately, we let the years pass (again) without further “reunions”. But at least I can hold on to the “memories” of having gotten the chance to meet Betty.


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