Betty Ellen Watts

November 07, 1922 ‒ November 18, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

She always gave nothing less than her very best and loved others greatly, especially her family.

Betty Ellen (Longshore) Watts left this world peacefully at Willow Brook Christian Village on Monday morning November 18, 2019 shortly after her 97th birthday, with her family by her side to express their great love.

James Lester Longshore and Ina Lillian (Adams) Longshore welcomed her into their home on the farm at Vans Valley on November 7, 1922.  Russell, Violet, Kenneth, Dorothy, Darlene and Phillip would join her at that home in the next 20 years until her mother passed away in 1943.

She graduated from Sunbury High School in 1940 and on March 17, 1942, she married Charles (Sam) Watts who left for combat in Europe immediately. She cared for her younger siblings and embraced the farm life of her family during the wartime until Sam returned from WW2.  Sam and Betty and now Steve and Rene’ moved to their farm near Olive Green where life was good; busy with gardening, canning, sewing, baseball games, many friends, lots of family visits and church.  Betty taught Sunday School, helped with Bible School, and was a member of the Ladies Aide Society at the Vans Valley Church, where she was a lifetime member.  Applesauce, pies, sweet corn, homemade candy, rolls……and so many other delicious dishes came from her kitchen on a regular basis.

Betty worked for a time in downtown Columbus at Farm Bureau (Nationwide) and later designed the advertisement layout for The Sunbury News, a job from which she retired in 1986.  She was an avid quilter with several quilting groups.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Sam, brother Russell, sisters Violet and Darlene, and stepmother Beatrice (Goings) Longshore.

Left to treasure her memory are her children Steven (Joeleen) Watts of Hilliard; Rene’ (Larry) DeMint of Sunbury; grandchildren Joe and Zachary Watts, Matthew DeMint, Autumn (Nathan) Tilton, six wonderful great-grandchildren; and sister Dorothy, brothers Ken (Julia) and Phil (Judy), all of Sunbury,  as well as many nephews and nieces.

Calling hours will be Friday November 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 SR-61 at SR-3, Sunbury, OH  43074.   Calling hours Saturday November 23, 2019 are from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Vans Valley Community Church, 14440 SR-37, Sunbury, OH  43074, with the funeral service immediately following. Burial at Trenton Cemetery.

Special thanks and love to the staff at Willow Brook and Heartland Hospice.The family requests that you show special kindness to someone in her honor.

Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Box 98017, Washington, D.C. 20090-8017 or to Heartland Hospice – 685 Delaware Ave, Suite 300, Marion, Oh. 43302

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Watts family. Special memories and condolences may be shared at:

  • Vans Valley Community Church has truly been blessed by the presence of Betty Watts for multiple decades. Her faithfulness to the church is a testimony of her faithful service to the Lord. Respected by all, she touched and influenced countless numbers of students as Sunday school teacher. We have learned and grown much from the example she set. Our hearts are saddened by her loss, but we celebrate and are thankful for the life she shared with us. Our continued thoughts are with the family, they are such a blessing.

  • To Larry and Rene’, and the entire family; our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s grace comfort you, and give you peace.

  • So sorry for your loss, and my prayers are with you and your family in the days to come. May the peace of God surround you and the grace of God sustain you.

  • Sorry to hear about Betty. I remember visiting the farm with mom (Mabel) and Mikey. I used to play an old upright piano in the basement for hours. I remember helping pick up apples and hunting rabbits. Aunt Betty made me my first ever pancake and I haven’t had one since that was as good.

  • Love and support , Steve and Rene !! A grand lady that raised one of my finest buddies .And to do it all in the magical kingdom of ” Olive Green “

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. She was such a nice lady. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • To Rene and Larry and all family members, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May God’s grace comfort you and give you peace.

  • Betty, and in earlier years, Charlie, would come to the house weekly to get fresh eggs from our small flock of chickens. They helped me feel a part of our rural community when I came here from Chicago. I remember them fondly and am privileged to have known them.

  • Rene, Larry, Steve and family,
    Some of my finest memories are picking apples and drinking cider with your mom. Picking blackberries, eating strawberries, ….and spending time with sisters!!
    Your Christmas parties are legend. Hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls and wrapping last minute gifts upstairs.
    Your beautiful Christmas tree!! With hand made stockings on the fire place are fresh in my mind. Not to mention…..
    Driving home from Olive Green in the snow on Christmas Eve………..
    Thank you : I will never forget you, Peg KW, Florida

  • Larry and Renee and Steve,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sorry I couldn’t make the showing or funeral, I was in the hospital having an operation Your Mom was a very nice lady.

    Mick Holly

  • Renee, Larry, Matt, Autumn, so sorry to hear about Momma & Grandma Betty but know she is in heaven. Praying for healing blessings for those left behind but know we’ll all be together again someday.

    Steve, Nance, Angel & Katie