Betty Jean Smith

September 02, 1930 ‒ October 27, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Betty Jean Smith, 90, of Mansfield passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Mansfield Place.

The daughter of Fred and Beatrice (McClain) Nelson, Betty was born September 2, 1930 in Mansfield.  Betty married Donovan Smith on May 28, 1949 and together celebrated 69 years of marriage.

Betty worked for the former Mansfield Telephone Company and retired from Madison Schools.

In her younger years, she was a member at Caesarea Baptist Church.  More recently she was a member at Berean Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son Greg (Deb) Smith of Mansfield and daughter Gail (Dan) Klatka of Copley; grandchildren Geremy (Shoma) Smith, Bethany (Chris) Bellamy, Josh Klatka and Zara Klatka; great grandchildren Olivia Smith, Noah Bellamy, and Jude Donovan Bellamy; sister Naomi Ransom of Mansfield; brother-in-law Dwaine (Shirley) Smith of Mansfield; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Donovan Smith.

The Smith family will receive friends Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 10 -11am in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where funeral services will begin at 11am.  Pastor Jim Berry will officiate.  Her family request that face coverings be worn by those attending.  Private burial will be held in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Caesarea Cemetery Association may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Our condolences to Betty’s family. May you be comforted in knowing that she is with her Savior and without pain or suffering. I remember how helpful she was to me when I was substituting at Madison schools. She made it a point to let me know that if I needed anything at all, just let her know. It made my entry into a new school so much easier. May she Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory
    🌹Becky and Pierre

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My mother , Shirley Schuttera,also sends her sympathy.

  • To the Smith Family,
    Betty was a very kind woman. Whenever you would see her or talk with her she was always asking about others. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Betty.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Gregg & Deb, Gail & Dan,
    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your Mother. May the fondest memories fill your hearts.
    I would have loved to visited with you. Because of the COVID crisis and being exposed, I will send you my heart felt sympathy and prayers for comfort.