Surrounded by her family, Betty Carolyn Russart, 73, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2021 after a courageous 11-year battle with cancer. She was bornto the late Gerald and Betty Morenz in Royal Oak, Michigan and resided in Detroit area for much of her life, summering at her favorite place of Greenbush, Michigan.In 2005, she and her husband, Rolf, moved to Wilmington, NC to escape the harsh winters. Betty was a multi-talented woman, but above all, a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother guided by he strong religious principles.
Betty comes from a large family with surviving siblings, David Morenz, Gerald Morenz (Jean), Wayne Morenz, Charlene Paddock (Joe), DeWayne Gates (Angelique) and Aaron Morenz. She is also survived by step-mother Rosalie, the wife of her late father Gerald and by step-father Bill Gates, the husband of her late mother, Betty. In 1983, Betty stumbled into Rolf- a Ford man in Detroit at a motorsport party- and soon they tied the knot to share a wonderful life together.
Her first priority always was her family. Her tremendous presence, humor and unconditional love will be greatly missed. The immediate Russart family consists of daughters Christina Sipila (Keith) and their three children (Samantha, Ben, and Ellie),daughter Jennifer and step-daughter Melissa Stankavich (Matt) and their two children(Lila and Preston). Devotion to God played a very important role throughout her life and she was an active member of the Port City Community Church (PC3) and particularly involved in various bible study programs.
One of her many talents was competing on the tennis courts where she was known for her aggressive net play that intimidated many of her opponents at the Club and USTA levels. Above all, Betty was a very creative and talented artist who could transform any space into a magnificent experience. Her work was on vivid display at the Domestic Violence Fundraiser at the opening of the Wilmington Convention Center. Her volunteerism and talents have extended to Relay for Life events, as well as various events at Porters Neck Country Club and Sports Center. Betty was a true perfectionist who never compromised her high standards- at times to the dismay of her helpers.
Special thanks go to Dr. John Strickler and his team at Duke Cancer Institute who were simply wonderful in treating Betty and prolonging her life well beyond expectations. Donations in Betty’s honor may be made in her name to the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at https://gifts.duke.edu/cancersupport or checks can be mailed to Duke Cancer Institute Development Office in care of Kristy Sartin, 300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1200, Durham, NC 27701. Plans for a celebration of life will be announced later. Online condolences to the family may sent to coastalcremationsnc.com