Betty J. Newell

September 01, 1922 ‒ January 09, 2021

Alexandria, Ohio
Formerly of Centerburg, Ohio

Betty Jane Anderson Newell was born September 1, 1922 to Ida Merle and Charles Anderson and passed away peacefully on January 9, with family by her side.

She grew to adulthood on the farm of Louis and Josephine Merle near Brice, Ohio. She attended Brice grade school and was a graduate in 1941 from Groveport High School. Upon graduation she was employed by F & R Lazarus Department Store in Columbus, Ohio. During the manpower shortage of World War II, she became the first female truck driver. It was her contribution to the war effort.

Betty married Owen Davis Newell, a sergeant in the Army in 1944. Betty is survived by their five children: Rodney (Carolyn) Newell, Barbara (Walla) Disbennett, Judy Newell, Shirley Evans and Gary (Gloria) Newell. Betty has several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Ida Merle and Charles Anderson, her husband Owen Davis Newell, son-in-law Kenneth Evans and granddaughter-in-law Tami Coe.

Betty was close to her 15 first cousins having many fond memories of their weekly Sunday dinners and the adventures that 16 youngsters could get into. Her early life included riding on the horse, falling asleep, as her grandfather worked his vegetable fields. At ten years old she talked of getting up very early and working at the Central Market in Columbus earning 20 cents a day. She also learned to drive a Model T by the time she was 12 years of age, driving her grandparents and mother to town. Her grandfather purchased the car but was not able to drive the vehicle. She followed Owen, with kids in tow, to several Army bases during his career. She loved her music and dancing her entire life. She and Owen enjoyed their retirement years in Florida during the winter months.

In July of 2020, a portion of Owen and Betty’s farmland was dedicated in their name by the Licking County Park District for the purpose of restoring the wetland and to re-establish the original habitat and connect the Ohio Erie bike trail. The park will be used as an educational venue and to honor the Native Americans and all that were able to sustain themselves off the land. A bronze plaque honoring Owen and Betty will be at the entrance to the park.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Ohio Living Home Health and First Light for their kind and caring service.

An interment service for family only will be officiated by Mr. Jack Debolt. There will be no visitation or calling hours at this time; a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Library, PO Box 154, Croton, OH 43013 and/or the Alexandria Museum, PO Box 96, Alexandria, OH 43001.

Arrangements entrusted to DeVore Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

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    • Thank you so very much for the kind words and prayers. Mom so enjoyed her time with you and Ray from many years ago to most recently. She never forgot the night Ray made pizza for us, and the flying dough. She never forgot that evening.

  • To the entire family I send my sympathies, I have always fondly remembered Betty, she had a very fun spirit and was very easy to talk to. I love that she lived such a long, fulfilling life and the tribute to her above was a joy to read.

  • What a wonderful person she was. I loved her and all the stories she shared. The pictures I have of she, grandpa Dave and Trent as just a little guy, I will forever cherish. To this day, when ever I hear Elvis I instantly smile and think of her and her dances moves.
    Love, hugs and prayers to you all.

  • Judy, we are sad for you and your family, praying for comfort. What a beautiful relationship you two enjoyed. Thankful we have eternity to spend with our moms and our Savior. Prayers and Comfort, Keith and Amy Pausch, Devon and Henry

  • Condolences to your entire family for the loss of your loving mother. May the many memories of her bring you joy and peace in the years ahead.

  • Shirley& family so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for strength to get you through what is ahead. Cherish the memories.

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