OBITUARY: Betty Dent

Betty Dent

Betty Marion Dent, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., formerly from Saginaw, Mich., and Bradenton, Fla., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday four days prior.

Betty was born in Saginaw, Mich., on Nov. 2, 1921. She lived in Michigan most of her life and moved to Mount Juliet, Tenn., in 2001.

She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1939 and worked as a bookkeeper until retirement. She and her husband, Jay, spent winters in Bradenton, Fla., and summers at their Sanford Lake home in Michigan. They were avid square and round dancers, enjoyed traveling the world together as well as boating and camping all over Michigan. As a younger girl, she enjoyed playing tennis and ice skating, and all through her life sang alto in several church choirs as well as groups. She was a sharp card player and also enjoyed bridge on her computer! After moving to Mount Juliet, she was an active member of her Widows Group, Greenhill Women’s Club, and Celebration Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers; her husband of 60 years, Jay Dent; and one son, Jim (Judy) Dent of Canton, Mich. Survivors include her daughter, Pat (Howard) Mettee of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; grandchildren Steve (Maggie) Burk, Susan (Tony) Zikovich; John (Nellann) Mettee, all of Tennessee, and Matt (Adrienne) Dent, Stacy Bender, Christy (John) Rose, all from Michigan. She had 12 great-grandchildren; Hallie, Katie, Anna, Ryan, Jack, Ben, Tonya, Cody, Aaron, Alyssa, Reagan, and Nolan; and many special nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 pm with visitation one hour prior to the service at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road in Saginaw. Her son-in-law, Rev. J. Howard Mettee will officiate. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Celebration Lutheran Church, 3425 N. Mt. Juliet Road., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818,

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