Betty J. Brown

June 23, 1924 ‒ June 09, 2020

Centerburg, Ohio

Betty Jane Montgomery Brown, 95, was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, June 23, 1924, to Lloyd Vernon Montgomery and Gladys Eloise (Updike) Montgomery. She passed away June 9, 2020 in Centerburg, Ohio.

A lifelong resident of Centerburg, Betty’s life revolved around her family, church, handwork and community.

She graduated from Centerburg High School in 1942 and was involved in Chapel Choir, Drama Club, Girls Athletic Association, and Future Homemakers of America. After high school she completed a course of study at Mount Vernon Business School.

Betty Montgomery married Richard W. Brown on September 7, 1943, in Riverside, California, where Richard was stationed for training with the U.S. Army. Over their 72 years together they enjoyed many activities with community and extended family such as family dinners and celebrations, travel throughout the United States, and family gatherings at Lake Hope. They chaperoned many youth study trips and sharing with their church family. They were always ready to support children and grandchildren however they could. They spent many hours raising vegetables and flowers, and caring for family pets including cats, dogs, horses, sheep, and llamas. In later years eating at Watt’s Restaurant in Utica, as often as 3 times per week, provided good food and good friends.

Betty grew up in the Centerburg United Methodist Church and served in many capacities as an adult, including many years as the church financial secretary, and baked cinnamon rolls for the church’s food booth at the Knox County Fair. She was a member of Circle One of the United Methodist Women and helped cook and serve many meals at Producers Livestock and for Centerburg Lions Club. Betty was skilled at knitting, textile painting, sewing and cooking. She was an excellent friend and neighbor to many, always dependable and willing to do whatever she could. Betty lived in Centerburg in the same home from age 7 until the fall of 2016, over 85 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother in law, Margaret Taylor and Robert Taylor.

Family left to share her memories are children Gloria Parsisson and Pam (Tom) Stewart; four grandchildren: Mark Parsisson, Craig (Kelly) Stewart, Todd (Megan) Stewart, Megan (Matt) Weade; and three great grandchildren, Mason Stewart, Emma Parsisson, and MacIntyre Stewart.

Arrangements are with DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 St. Rt. 61, Sunbury, Ohio. Calling hours will be Monday, June 15, 5 pm to 7 pm. Funeral service will be Tuesday, June 16 at 10 am at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg. If you cannot attend, please consider sending a card to Box 333,Centerburg, Ohio 43011 with your memories of Betty and how she touched your life.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to Centerburg United Methodist, P.O. Box 907, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.

  • Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your Mother. Betty was a dear lady and was so good to me. I have many fond memories of her.

  • So sorry at the passing of your mom. She was such a supportive community person and was delightful to know. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I have sweet memories of Betty! We shared a love for plants and cat’s. She was always very kind to me. When I think of her I always smile. I hope that your memories will always find you smiling too!

  • We are so sorry for your family at the loss of your precious mother. Betty was always very kind to me and my family. She was also very devoted to the Centerburg Community and her family. Memories of her and her spunk will always make me smile. We spent a lot of time on the bleachers together when my kids were participating in sports. Who could forget her delicious homemade caramels that she shared? May all of your great memories of her make your hearts happy. Hugs for your family at this emotional time. 💕

    Connie and Mike Kristof

    • Thanks for your expression of comfort and care and for your support during this past week.

  • My earliest memories are with Betty and the Brown family. Betty would play badminton with us kids back then and furnish cookies that I still remember in my mind. She looked in on my Mother in later years. What joyfull memories I can cherish of Betty and the Brown family.

    • Thanks for your expression of comfort and care and for your support during this past week.

  • Gloria and family…Our deepest and sincere condolences go out. What a wonderful life and long marriage for someone who gave true meaning to the word “Community Member”.

  • Sorry to hear about your families loss. Betty was a very good person, and will be missed by all.

  • With warm remembrance of Betty Brown – a special lady with a special smile all the time. Remembering a gracious one who has a special place in the hearts of so many. Sending our warm condolences to her family members.

  • Warm and comforting prayers as the days, months and years go by for the loss of your precious Mother, she was a special lady to this community and will be missed by all.
    Mabel Pruitt

  • Sorry for your loss. Your family and mine go way back. You are in our prayers. Don & Becky

    • Thank you for those words of comfort. 90 plus years of shared community life is a ways.

  • What a wonderful, long life. So sorry for your loss. I remember your grandmother as our neighbor during my childhood.
    Don and Gwen Hess

  • Such a lovely video of your mother’s full life. You were fortunate to have her presence for so many years. Knowing no matter when you loose a mother it it difficult. May she rest in peace, and you have many precious memories to hold onto.