Betty Jo Lyons

May 19, 1934 ‒ March 18, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Betty Jo Lyons, age 81, of Mount Gilead, passed away Friday evening, March 18, 2016, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

On May 19, 1934, Betty Jo was born in Hellier, KY, the daughter of the late Garland and Marilyn (Wallace) Bartley.

Betty Jo married Joe E. Lyons on June 20, 1954.  They shared over 39 years together as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on February 25, 1993.

She was employed as a skilled coil winder at North Electric/ITT/PECO II in Galion until her retirement in 1996.  She was a lifetime member of the AmVets and VFW in Mount Gilead, and belonged to the American Legion, Moose and Eagles in Galion.

In her younger years, Betty Jo enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending part of the summer at their trailer at Lake Erie.  She also loved tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, canning the produce from the garden, and picking berries to make jams.  She was rather fond of listening to country music.

Betty Jo was a strong-willed, independent woman who could fix anything around the home.  She had a witty sense of humor and was a wonderful, considerate listener.  She was always helpful and full of good advice.  Never meeting a stranger, Betty Jo loved people and treated everyone as family. Many even considered her their second mom or grandma. She had a way of bringing people in with her infectious laugh.  Betty Jo could go from being low key at one moment then instantly become the life of the party.

She will be dearly missed by three children: Eddie Lyons of Mount Gilead and his children, Cody and Brook Lyons, Peggy Reeve of Mount Gilead and her children, Devin and Kalen Reeve, Debbie (Don) Harman of Mount Gilead and her children, Clayton and Steve Harman; two great grandchildren, Morgan and Curtis Staley; and a brother, Bill (Rose) Bartley of Galena.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Lyons; a son, Larry Lyons; and a brother, Clyde Bartley.

Betty Jo’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held there at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday with Pastor Doug Bryan officiating.  Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the OSU James Cancer Hospital, 460 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Betty Jo’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be expressed to them by visiting


  • Peg, Jeff , and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Betty Jo was a fantastic lady. Many good memories of time spent around her.
    Cherish your memories. Remember she’s still with you. You’ll see her signs and they will be fun and ornery just like her.
    Love you guys

  • Our thoughts and prayers be with Betty Jo’s family during their time of sorrow. Sorry your loss. Betty Jo was a wonderful, classy lady who will be deeply missed.

  • Peg & Family,
    Ric and I are so sorry for you your loss. Our prayers will be with you through this difficult time.

  • Dear Peg,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Be comforted she is now at peace and suffers no more. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


  • Peg,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
    R.I.H. Betty Jo

  • The slide show is such a wonderful tribute to Betty’s memory. Take comfort in those sweet memories.

    My heart goes out to all of you in your time of sorrow.

  • Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you, Betty was such a wonderful friend, we just loved her! She will be missed !

  • Peggy & Debbie,

    My heart goes out to you and your families. Keeping you in my prayers. Love you both!