Betty Joyce (Luttrell) Wade, age 88 of Sandwich, IL, passed away at Cedarhurst of Yorkville on January 9, 2021. She was born April 3, 1932, in Sandwich at 3 rd and Green Street. Betty, along with her parents and siblings, lived in Somonauk until a house fire took their home. When Betty told the story, she would tell you that she watched their house burn from across the street. She would also fondly tell you about swimming in the horse trough, dandelion soup for dinner, and the occasional duck her mother, Thelma, would hunt and serve for dinner. Eventually, their family moved to the west end of Sandwich to a home her father, Bart, built, which is now known as LDL Transfer.
Betty was a trained professional Arthur Murray dance instructor. She and her dance partners were often hired to do exhibition dances at different theaters and dance halls in the area, including the Sky Club in Aurora. During her dance career, Betty had a stage name of Betty Prescott. In her later years, she had arthritis in her knee and attributed it to her dancing.
In her spare time, Betty was an avid crafter. She taught herself to knit and crochet. In her later years, she picked up counted cross stitch and seldom put her stitching work down. Betty regularly entered her projects in the Sandwich Fair. She always brought home best in show purple ribbons as well as many blue ribbons.
Betty had some extra time in her retirement and wanted something to do. She took a part time job at the Sears Appliance store on Route 34 in Sandwich during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She proudly learned the computer system in the store, and that piqued her interest to get her own computer and learn to use it at home.
Betty and Sam spent winter months vacationing in Florida, as well as time spent at their property “up north” in Wisconsin with all of their family.
A visitation will be Wednesday, January 13 from 10 am to 12 pm. Masks will be required with limited capacity in the funeral home at any one time due to COVID. The funeral will follow for family only at noon at Beverage Funeral Home located at 104 Terry Street in Sandwich, IL, with a burial following at Oak Ridge Cemetery.