Bethany Rose King

TRENARY, Mich. – Bethany Rose (Pittman) King, age 30, formerly of Eben and Trenary, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, May 3, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She now rests in peace, following the longest, most courageous battle with Crohn’s Disease.

Bethany was born December 21, 1982, in Lafayette, Louisiana, to Denise Holmes of Skandia and Glen Pittman of Marquette. She was a 2003 graduate of the Marquette Senior High School. At the age of 7, Bethany was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and lived most of her life battling this chronic disease. Recently, she had been in Indianapolis, Indiana, for seven months hoping to get on a transplant list for multiple organs that unfortunately never transpired. She was the strongest young woman you could ever have known. She never complained about her illness, never saying “why me?” She maintained her disease with grace and integrity. She strove to overcome the impossible and many, many times through her own pure strength and will succeeded. She amazed her doctors on many different levels. Bethany loved children and excelled at jobs as nanny-babysitter, and would often become attached to those children as if her own. She was extremely articulate, everything had its place, neat as a pin. She worked at her sister’s restaurant, The Snack Bar in Eben, and loved to say she had a job. She was a perfectionist and always went above and beyond her duties. Bethany fell in love – God allowed her to meet an exceptional young man, Lee King of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Following a three year courtship, three years to the day, Lee got down on his knee and asked her to marry him. On July 24, 2010 they were married at the Bethel Baptist Church in Marquette. When Bethany became gravely ill, shortly after their wedding, Lee took time off from his job as a merchant mariner and went with Bethany to Indianapolis, Indiana. He never left her side and literally stayed in her hospital room for seven months, day and night, sleeping in a bed next to hers. There he cared for many, many of her needs, just as much as the doctors and nurses. He is one of a kind. The story of their life together is a true love story from beginning to end. True love like theirs is almost unheard of. Lee was Bethany’s rock and God certainly was her anchor.

Bethany is survived by her beloved husband, Leland King of Sault Ste. Marie; her mother and stepfather, Denise and Steve Nelson of Sporley Lake; her father, Glen Pittman of Newberry; her sisters, Heather (Greg) Mannisto and Sabrina (Clint Tyner) Rogers both of Eben, Rachael Pittman of Trenary; her brother, Glen Pittman of Sporley Lake; stepbrothers, David and Jake Nelson; grandparents, Dick and Doreen Pittman of Cadillac; her in-laws, Terry and Diane King of Sault Ste Marie; brother-in-law, Terry (Katelyn) King of Sault Ste Marie; nephews, Paavo Mannisto and Gunner Nelson; nieces, Lucy Tyner, Brooklyn King, and Makenna Whitworth; special cousin, Tina Pasanen; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Bethany was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Mary Holmes of Skandia; and a special aunt, Mary Mikhail (Holmes) of Skandia.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Thursday, May 9, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm with Rev. Paul Kelto officiating. Burial will be made in the West Branch Township Cemetery.

Thank God for faith; thank God for eternal life. Bethany was heir to these gifts and now she is with her Father in heaven, and we all have the opportunity to be with her again.

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