Betty L. George

April 07, 1927 ‒ January 30, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Betty L. George, 93, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2021 at Mount Vernon’s Country Club Retirement Campus.  She was the daughter of John Washington McGibeny and Mary Cochran McGibeny.

Her husband, Charles F. George, predeceased her in 1988.

She was a retired employee of the J. S. Ringwalt Co., where she managed the jewelry counter.  Betty was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Class of 1945 where she delighted in playing the clarinet in its marching band.  During World War II, she made gas masks for the allies’ war effort.

Betty is survived by her son (upon whom she lovingly doted) Stephen Charles George and his husband Jeffrey T. Gatwood.  Also surviving her are several nieces and nephews as well as two special friends, Leslie Shutt and her beloved cousin Shirley Slaughter.

By nature sweet and kind, Betty was a great mother and a wonderfully compassionate person who loved animals and never met a stranger.   Special thanks to her Hospice caregivers particularly Sharon Hankins, Monica Osborn and Blair Hance as well as the excellent and warmhearted staff at Country Club Retirement Center.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a memorial service has been postponed until now (hence the republishing of this obituary).  It will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.  A reception will follow at the adjacent Parish House immediately following.

Memorial contributions might best be made to the Knox County Humane Society.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Betty L. George.


  • I only met Betty once, but I know the world is a much better place because she was here and made her mark. Best wishes to her family and friends. We can take solace that she is now resting well and in a better place.

  • Deepest condolences to Betty’s family and her son, Stephen C. George. I was lucky enough to get to meet Betty and she was kind and warm. I could tell she was a wonderful mother to her beloved son.

    With sympathy,

    Brian Newbacher

  • Another of the Ringwalt gang is gone. Miss those gals and the store and of course MCK! RIP Betty.
    And my condolences, Steve. Trust you are doing well.

  • To all of Betty’s Family and Friends, We have lost a sweet spirit, but God has gained one. Not only was Betty so friendly at Ringwalt’s, but always the sane wat out in the public. Such a pretty and classy lady, and she will b e remembered by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing her. Our deepest sympathy to all. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Hi Steve, very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
    You and I were in the same Youth Group at Mulberry St Methodist, a couple or more decades back.

  • We are so saddened to hear of your dear mother’s passing, Steve. The fabulous stories you shared with us over the years we pray will be the memories in which you and Jeff find comfort. Prayers & love,
    Anne & Don

  • I had the great pleasure of talking to Betty on the phone once to congratulate her on raising such an amazing son. We had a lovely almost hour long talk about raising children, marriage and life. I wish I had gotten to meet her in person as I believe she is a remarkable woman. Sending so much love to Steve and Jeff.

  • I feel lucky to have met Betty to gain an insight into her amazing personality and character. Betty accomplished so much during her long life. She was a gift to the world who won’t be forgotten as she left her legacy in her wonderful son, Steve, who was her greatest pride. She may be gone from this earth, but will not be forgotten. Thanks for sharing your mom with us Steve. My deepest sympathy to you, Jeff, and your family.

  • My heart was saddened to here of Betty’s passing my family was very blessed to have Betty in our lives. I have nothing but kind memories of your family Steve, you all were very special to all of us. My prayers are with you and Jeff during this difficult time and hope your memories will wrap you both with comfort and healing.
    All of my love,
    Jackie Grohe

  • Steve, we were so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was a great lady! We know you will miss her and you will be in our prayers.

  • Stephen, My condolences and sympathy in the passing of your mother. You are in my prayers for God’s compassion.

  • Betty was such a joy! I enjoyed our visits. we had so many laughs. I missed when I could not visit her at country club thinking of you Stephen and Jeffrey.

  • I enjoyed knowing Betty..she and I had lots of laughs. I missed our visit at the Nursing Home she brought such joy to many

  • Steve, I am saddened to learn of Betty’s passing. I was privileged to get to work with her at Ringwalt’s Department Store as a young person just coming out of high school and during my college breaks. Betty befriended me and I so appreciated that. It seemed over the years that when we saw each other, we just picked up where we left off. I have fond memories of those Ringwalt days and of her.