Betty Belle LaCount
BETTY BELLE LACOUNT Betty Belle LaCount, 88, Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away of natural causes on March 10, 2016 at Queen's Medical Hospital in Honolulu. She was born in Kouts, IN on September 23, 1927. She was the daughter of Louis Leslie LaCount and Miriam(Clinedenst) LaCount who preceded her in death. Betty graduated from Morgan Township High School and attended Indiana State University and the University of Hawaii. She followed her passion and began her teaching career in Indiana and then continued most of her teaching career in Honolulu, Hawaii. Betty taught at the preschool and elementary school levels and also served as a principal. One of her lifelong friends said that Betty had always wanted to teach children. Betty was a wonderful storyteller through her letters, conversations and teaching, sharing her knowledge, experiences and friendship. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends including her retired teacher group. After retirement, Betty volunteered at the Central Union Thrift Shop and supported various organizations and charities. She continued to pursue her interest of the Native Americans who settled in Indiana, their culture, lore and artifacts and the culture of Hawaii which became her home. As her friends in Hawaii said, "she was a daughter of Hawaii." She is survived by cousins: Suzanne LaCount of Valparaiso, Indiana, Nancy LaCount Hettinger(Skeets) of Louisville, Kentucky, and Thomas Valo(Pam) of Toledo, Ohio; her caretaker, Mickey Leong of Honolulu, Hawaii; and many special friends and former students. Betty donated her body to the Willed Body Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii with the hope that this would further medical education and research. Throughout her life, Betty supported various charities for education, medical research, and veterans. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice in celebration of Betty's life.
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