Betty M. Smith
January 18, 1925 ~ August 16, 2012
Bellville Cemetery, Bellville, Ohio
MANSFIELD: The career of motherhood and homemaking is
beyond value and needs no justification. It's
importance in incalculable. Betty M. Smith, a loving
mother and grandmother, was a master homemaker.
Nothing brought her greater joy then caring for her
family. Her earthly work now complete, she was called
home, reuniting with her loved ones in heaven on August
16, 2012. She was 87.
Betty was born January 18, 1925 in Mansfield,
the daughter of Clarence and Hazel (Fike) Johns.
On August 31, 1941 she married Eugene Smith who
preceded her in death in 1978.
Betty prided herself in caring for her children
and especially her grandchildren. Never the passive
grandmother, Betty loved to entertain her grandchildren
when they came to stay. Known for playing cards, ball
games, and even cowboys and indians, Betty engrained
herself in the lives of her family. Her home their
sanctuary, where someone was always “on their side”,
Betty was always supportive.
A talented seamstress she often fashioned
clothing for her children and herself. She could
design outfits and make them from a simple drawing.
Her skills were also used for less practical items like
dolls and teddy bears for the children.
She also enjoyed cooking and baking, one of her
family's favorites was heavenly rice. Her skills in
the kitchen were at the heart of her volunteering
nature. She served many years in the women's auxiliary
of the Richland County Fair Board and Agricultural
Society where she was fondly known as “Sarge”. Betty
was also active as a member of the Bellville United
Methodist Church, helping with church dinners,
including the Friday night fair dinner.
Betty also volunteered as a Gray Lady in the
Bellville Schools and Safety Town. She also served as
a teachers aid for many years.
Betty is survived by two daughters and sons-in-
law Connie and Dwain Swank of Mansfield and Sharon
“Sharry” and Larry Gatton of Bellville, four
grandchildren Jeffrey and Michelle Swank of Bellville,
Darla Myers of Bellville, Denette and Craig Mottayaw of
Bellville, and Dana and Ladd Grindstaff of
Mechanicsville, Virginia, seven great grandchildren
David (Nicole) Myers, Josh (Amanda) Mottayaw, Daniel
(Erin) Mottayaw, Isaac Myers, Becca Mottayaw, Anna
Myers, and Sarah Grindstaff, four great great
grandchildren, and siblings Raymond and Marlene
Kvochick, Joanne Johns Wells, Melvin Johns, and Rodney
In addition to her parents and husband, she was
preceded in death by siblings Ruth and Loretta Wirick,
Robert and Daniel Johns, Peggy, Bob, Junior, and Jack
Her family will receive friends Monday, August
20, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. In the Bellville Snyder
Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held
Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Mike Cloud will officiate.
Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's
Association may be made through the funeral home.
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