Bettie S. Sherman

May 15, 1929 ‒ April 18, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Bettie S. Sherman passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was 89.

She was born May 15, 1929 to parents Morris & Bertha (Gelles) Fox in Boston, Massachusetts. Bettie graduated with honors from Dorchester High School with the class of 1946 and later attended Northeastern College and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in education.

On June 18, 1948 she married the love of her life Erwin E. Sherman and they spent 42 wonderful years together raising their five children in Mansfield, OH until he passed away in 1990.

Bettie was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great-grand children. She loved holidays and cherished any opportunity to be surrounded by her family. Known as “Nana” to her family and those closest to her, her signature gift of love, compassion, and valuable life lessons will never be forgotten.

Bettie was known for her zest for life that included travelling around the world to climb  The Great Wall of China, Masada in Israel, and exploring many World Fairs and campgrounds across the US with her family. She especially loved spending time near the ocean and any body of water. She proudly displayed the artifacts from her travels that represented her many adventures.

She was a passionate reader, and spent years volunteering for many social causes and being politically active. She loved the arts, and for years held season tickets to shows at the Mansfield Playhouse and Broadway Across Columbus. She was a lifelong member of B’nai Jacob, the AMVETS Post 26, and was active with the Order of the Eastern Star.

Bettie taught mathematics at Madison Jr. High for over 30 years until retiring in 2009 at the age of 79.  She loved supporting her students and making a difference in their lives. Even after retirement, she tutored students to achieve their GED’s.

She is survived by her children Steven (Judy) Sherman, Susan Hue, and Shawn Garrett; daughters-in-law Pamela Sherman, and Susan Sherman; grandchildren Elaine (Stephen) Barber, Justin (Amber) Hue, Benjamin (Laura) Hue, Michael Hue, Victoria Sherman, Alexandra Sherman, Joshua Garrett, Matthew Garrett, Ashley Garrett, Whitney (Doug) Hill, Jillian Sherman, and Johnathan Back; great grandchildren Ethan, Spencer, Aliza, Nicholas, Oliver, and Larkin; her brother Sidney (Janet) Fox; and lifelong friend Barbara Freeman.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her sons Kevin Sherman and Allan Sherman; son-in-law David Garrett, and granddaughter Samantha Sherman.

Bettie’s family will greet guests beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home with a funeral service starting promptly at 10 a.m. Rabbi Rick Kellner will officiate with burial following in B’nai Jacob Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bettie’s memory can be made to Amvets, Columbus Jewish Federation, The American Cancer Society, and Congregation Beth Tikvah directly or at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bettie’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • So sorry to hear this. She taught at my junior high school. I also know her daughter Susie.. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time Susie. Take care… Pam Ewalt

  • I always loved Bettie’s zest for life. She always had a smile on her face and everyone she met was an instant friend.She raised a beautiful family that I will soon be a part of when I marry her grandson,Johnathan Back,this June.We will miss having Nana there but we know she will be watching.Lydia Kemerling,Columbus Ohio

  • So sorry for your loss! Knew Bettie from Socialables and will never forget her! Not able to attend services due to recent hip surgery.

    Carol J Pittenger

  • Our sympathy to the family and especially to Susie, Shawn and Steve. Bettie was a dear neighbor for many years – always enjoyed visiting with her and was sad when she moved away. She always had a cheerful laugh as she talked. May God bless you and give you comfort in your loss.
    “The Lord is my strength” PSALM 28:7

  • Hello Susie,
    Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
    May happy memories comfort you now!

  • I have many fond memories of Aunt Bettie from when I was young and we would visit one another in Beechwood. It seemed like she was always coming back from some exotic trip. One time she brought me Susan B Anthony coins and had me totally convinced they were pirate treasure. To me, she was larger than life. She, like Grandpa, could tell an amazing story that I believed every word of. I’m very grateful to have had her in my life and hope that I can impact lives in a similar way as I teach and volunteer as well.

  • So sorry to hear of Bettie’s passing. I enjoyed many great conversations with her at Friendship Village Columbus. We are thinking of you and your family during this time.

  • I had Mrs. Sherman as my math teacher in Junior High, every day was an adventure in her class! She would always have snacks in her desk and was very sweet. My father had her as a math teacher as well and he said she was an incredibly sweet lady! I believe she touched many lives <3

  • Rest In Peace my dear, dear friend. We shared incredible blessings,fun , and sorrows together. I will never forget you! Love to your family at this time. Annie

  • Deepest sympathies to Steve, Susan and Shawn and Sidney and all of their extended families on the passing of their wonderful mom and sister, Bettie. She was a very warm and loving person with boundless enthusiasm. She touched so many lives, mine included. Cousins from the Zimmerman side of her family join me in paying this humble tribute.

  • I was so sad to hear the passing of Bettie. Her son Kevin was my best friend .I was also good friends with Allan .
    I have so many fond memories of her growing up . She lived across the street from my mother . It would take many pages to list the great memories . She will leave a special place in my heart . Sincerely Robert Entrup