Bette J. Tillett, 81, of McPherson, died Friday (Aug. 23, 2019) at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.


Bette was born on July 15, 1938, at Atkinson, Nebraska, the daughter of Melvin and Alfretta (Spencer) Henderson.  She graduated from Gypsum High School. Bette was united in marriage to Leo “Buzz” L. Tillett on May 22, 1954, in Gypsum.  She had been a McPherson resident since 1978 and retired from Abbott Labs in Jan. 1999.


She is survived by: her four sons, Jerry of Salina, Terry and Angie of Sullivan, Missouri, Gerry and Barb of McPherson, and Randy and Karyn, of Sparks, Nevada; sister, Jo Mae Shaw of Lindsborg; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Alfretta Henderson; husband, Buzz Tillett on Aug. 24, 1997; and daughter, Debra J. Nelson in Dec. 2018.


A private family service is pending.


In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to American Diabetes Association in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.  Personal condolences may be sent to the family