URBANA – Elizabeth R. (Bette) D’Urso, 94, of Urbana passed away peacefully at 4:53 p.m. Saturday, (Sept. 25, 2021) at Carle Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Owens Funeral Home in Champaign. Burial, per the family wishes, will be private at Eastlawn Burial Park in Urbana with Hank Sanford officiating.
Bette was born on December 30th, 1926 in Urbana, a daughter of Henry and Mary Ethel (Field) Frank. She married Frank R. D’Urso on Nov. 24, 1945.
Bette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her siblings, Audrey Strode, Gerald Frank, Neal Frank, Estelle Ailes, Ted Frank, Melba Reichard and Frances Sanford, her son, Steven D’Urso and her daughter-in-law, Beverly D’Urso.
Surviving relatives include her son, James D’Urso (Lynda), daughter-in-law, Pam D'Urso; her grandchildren Megan (Brian) Steinlage, Kimberly (Jeremiah) Block, and Vince (Maggie) D’Urso and her great-grandson, Gavin D’Urso.
Bette was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Urbana. She attended Illini Commercial College in Champaign. She was a bookkeeper at May’s True Value Hardware Store for more than a decade. Bette and her husband Frank, pursued several business adventures together. Bette enjoyed Bible studies; knitting; sewing; singing; and even dancing to the song, “Green Eyes”. Bette loved fresh cut flowers from her garden and enjoyed many bouquets.
Memorial contributions can be sent in lieu of flowers to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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