CHAMPAIGN – Elizabeth J. (Bette) Hussey, 57, of Champaign passed away peacefully at Provena Medical Center, Urbana, surrounded by her family on Saturday (Dec. 29, 2012) after a valiant battle with breast cancer.
Born Dec. 30, 1954, in Urbana to Edward and Dorothy Maier, she was raised in Thomasboro and attended Rantoul High School, graduating in 1972. She then went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Western Illinois University, graduating in 1976.
She married Frank S. (Chip) Hussey on May 6, 1978. She is survived by her husband and daughter, Christie (Josh) Markiewicz of Savoy.
Bette was a lifelong resident of the area, first living in Thomasboro, where her mother was postmaster and eventually settling with her family in Champaign. After finishing school and getting married, she, her husband and friend Bill Giannetti started The Flightstar Corporation at Willard Airport, where she worked and devoted herself for the next 33 years.
While Chip and Bill were gone flying planes to meet the needs of the clients, Bette managed the office and always made sure the company was on a solid financial footing.
Bette retired from Flightstar in 2011 as vice president-comptroller. She was instrumental in the growth and success of the company and was a great example, friend, teacher and mentor to the many people she touched at the company during her years of service there.
Bette was a devoted mother to her daughter Christie and she and her family enjoyed their many vacations to Disney World, their camping trips to Lake Shelbyville and attending University of Illinois football games, where daughter Christie was a member of the Marching Illini.
Christie's Marching Illini interest inspired Bette to dust off her saxophone and join the Parkland band, where she played for more than 10 years.
Bette and her husband were avid cruise ship travelers and enjoyed visiting ports of call from the Caribbean to Alaska during their many voyages. She and Chip also enjoyed camping and then ultimately motor-homing, where they were able to travel and see the country together.
Bette lived life to its fullest and was the best friend, lifelong partner and mate that Chip could ever ask for. As a mom, she especially cherished the close relationship she maintained with her daughter Christie throughout the years.
Services and burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute c/o Carle Foundation Hospital, 602 W. University Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is in charge of arrangements.