Betty Gae (Shaw) Jirmasek

September 19, 1935 ‒ February 12, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio
Formerly of Vancouver, Washington

Betty passed out of this life on February 12, 2020, leaving behind a loving family and several devoted pets.  Betty was born in 1935 in Joplin, Missouri and at an early age moved to Vancouver, Washington where she graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1953.

She raised a family of four children while she studied for her LPN which she achieved in 1972.  She devoted herself to nursing for more than 30 years in Portland, Oregon, first at Holladay Park and later, retiring from Emanuel Medical Center.

Throughout her life, Betty enjoyed working outside, gardening and doing yardwork.  Her “green thumb” was evident in the beauty she created.  After retiring in 2003, she moved to Sunbury Ohio to be closer to family.  Betty had dogs and cats as pets, often coming to her as strays that required medical care.  In 2005, she found her “dream” job at Big Walnut Animal Care Center where she worked for 13 years providing TLC care for the boarded animals.

Betty is survived by her children, Jeff Jirmasek (Korrine), Tammy Jirmasek (Karen Hostetler), Sandy Moore, and Billie Jo Dawson (Strett); her grandchildren, Candice Moore, Sally Smith (Peter), and Garrett Rayno; her great-grandchildren, EmaLyn Kelly, Reyn Russell, and Reece Russell.

There will be a private family service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your local animal shelter in memory of Betty’s lifelong passion for animals in need.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jirmasek family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • Sorry to hear of Betty’s death. She was a good neighbor. Our house number, like hers, is 278, and she was always good to bring our mail over when the mailman delivered it to her house, instead of ours.

  • Betty and I met at Big Walnut Animal Care Center and worked together for many years. We laughed and cried together and had many shared views about life, especially our love of animals. Betty had the best work ethic of anyone I ever met; she and I became good friends, and I will miss her so much.

  • I will miss my dear , go to friend and neighbor. Betty spoiled Connie and my dog Lady with all her love. Everytime I look across the street I will see Betty grooming her yard…She will surely be missed …her smile, honesty and compassion for animals. I will carry her with me on this journey until I see her smiling face again . Blessings to you Tammy and Billy…all of you…. please let us know if you need anything.
    Trudy, Connie and our Lady

  • I will miss you Betty, my friend of 50+ years. We had many good times in the early years with all the family. Even when distance kept us apart, we always kept connected with us catching up with family news and our new adventures. I love you, Betty, Jeff, Tammy, Sandra & Billie Jo, you are always in my heart. ❤
    R.I.P. dear sweet Betty💐✝️

  • My dear friend how I will miss you. I will never forget the day we met – you walked through the door at Big Walnut Animal Care to look at the dogs we had for adoption. These dogs were rescued from the hurricane Katrina. We walked into the kennel and you went straight to Mickie and adopted him. A few days later you started working there. I will miss our weekends going to Bob Evans after work and the fun times we had together. I know you are with the Lord and I will see you again.

  • Tammy and Karen : Our sincere condolences for the loss of your Mother/ Mother-in-law. Sorry for the delay in this communication. Glad that she moved near you and that you got to spend quality time together. Love and blessings, Virl Andrick and Joe Arbo