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Bebe Lindhout

May 1, 1928 March 24, 2015
Bebe Lindhout
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Obituary for Bebe Lindhout

Betty C. "Bebe" Lindhout, wife of 65 years to William P. Lindhout, mother of David and Piet (Jane), Grandmother of Dana, died of congestive heart failure while under hospice care at home. Bebe was a women�s rights advocate before it was popular, a gifted artist, loving mother, and avid traveler.

Born in 1928 to Abbie and Hazen P. Cole, Bebe grew up in many small towns across Michigan as her father, Dr. Hazen P. Cole, DDS traveled with the James Couzens Foundation to provide dental services to rural Michigan communities. Bebe spent time in Bad Axe, Alpena and eventually graduated salutatorian from Ithaca High School in 1945.

A 1949 graduate of the University of Michigan, Bebe was a member of the Gamma Phi sorority and was a True Blue Wolverine for life.

Bebe worked after college at R. L. Polk and Company in Detroit before starting a family in Livonia in 1955. While in Livonia, she co- wrote the book Know Your Wayne County in 1973 during her many years of volunteering for the League of Women Voters in Wayne County.

Bebe was a Board member of the Women�s Michigan Golf Association and volunteered at many Michigan golf tournaments, setting pin locations, officiating on the course, and controlling galleries. As an avid golfer, Bebe played in many golf tournaments including the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst Country Club where she was a member for 20 years and was active at the Gratiot Country Club, Meadowbook Country Club, Chemung Hills Country Club, and Oak Pointe Country Club. Bebe finished in second place at the club championship at the Grand Traverse Resort, The Bear course, in 1989.

Bebe was an artist, and former member of the Livingston Fine Art Association. She studied with Jim Ross of Howell Michigan and several nationally recognized artists. Her works included oils, pastels, and water colors of family members, landscapes, and still life works. She also had 2 graphic progression prints made and sold many at the Crooked Tree Gallery in Petoskey.

A celebration of her life will be held on the appropriate golf course this spring and details will be posted here shortly.


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