Betty Jo Jagger

August 12, 1925 ‒ March 31, 2010

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Betty Jo Jagger, 84, of Mount Gilead, died early Wednesday morning, March 31, 2010 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

She was born in Mount Gilead on August 12, 1925, the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary Cronenwett Hardman.

She graduated from Wellington High School in 1943, returning to Mount Gilead in 1945.

On December 26, 1948 she married Richard E. Jagger. They were married for 57 years before his passing on March 19, 2005.

She worked for H.P.M. Corporation as their secretary and the Morrow County Hospital in the business department until retiring.

Betty Jo was a member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church, the Rural Mother’s League, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Daughter’s of The American Revolution, and served as a Morrow County Republican Committeewoman.

She loved sports, especially the Cleveland Indians, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and The University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball and football teams. In February, she was able to attend the Kentucky-Tennessee basketball game and see the Wildcats get a big win and make amends for an early season loss to the Volunteers.

Betty Jo will be fondly remembered as a generous and loving woman who cared deeply for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Judy Jagger-Mescher and her husband Greg of Centerville, Ohio; two sons Dr. James Jagger and his wife Kathleen of Lexington, Kentucky and Dean Jagger and his wife Beth of Mount Gilead, Ohio; seven grandchildren Matt Jagger and his wife Sarah, Ted Smith and his wife Akiko, Alison Sutton and her husband David, Nathan Jagger and his wife Kelli, Mark Jagger and his wife Rebecca, Kristine Smith and Carla Jagger; four great grandchildren Justice Sutton, Natalie and Brooke Jagger, and Masaki Smith; two step-grandchildren Grant Mescher and Brooke Griffey (Brian); two step-great grandchildren Aiden and Audrey Griffey; and her sister-in-law Joan Jagger of Mount Gilead.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Dick Hardman.

Friends may call on the family on Friday April 2, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead. Pastor Gary Lamb-Hart will conduct services there on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Williamsport United Methodist Church or Gideon’s International.

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