Betty L. Sansom

November 18, 1936 ‒ March 27, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Betty L. Sansom, age 83, of Bellville passed away Friday evening, March 27, 2020 in Mansfield Place.

She was born November 18, 1936 in Mansfield, to F. Wilmer and Merva (Norris) Wharton and graduated from Butler High School in 1954.

On New Year’s Day 1954 Betty was introduced to Virgil Sansom on a blind date, and the rest was history as the couple were married August 28, 1954.  Virgil preceded her in death on March 11, 2012.

For 25 years Betty worked as a cashier at Hitchman’s Market in Butler and attended Impact Worship Center.

A historian a heart, she was a member of the Butler Clear Fork Valley Historical Society.  Betty was proud of her family heritage and enjoyed genealogy and scrapbooking.  She enjoyed crocheting making dish towels and afghans for friends and family.  An excellent cook and baker, she looked forward to family days spent baking Christmas cookies.

Betty was a constant in the stands supporting her kids and grandkids at sporting events and other school activities.  She loved watching Clear Fork football, as well as the Buckeyes, Browns and Indians.

Soft spoken, Betty never would tell a person “no”.  Not one to show much emotion, Betty gathered strength from her steadfast faith.  She leaves a legacy of kindness.

Surviving are her children and their spouses Gary and Rinda Sansom of Bellville, Keith Sansom of Mansfield, and Sherry and Bruce Smith of Bellville; grandchildren Shane and Kendra Sansom, Jeremy and Mindy Sansom, Michelle and Tim Applegate, Jerry and Irina Sansom, Tara and Rick Hayden; Brittany Smith and Jason, Brandon Smith and Liz, and Kaila Sansom; 21 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren; a sister Marcia Kasper and sister-in-law Dawn Wharton both of Bellville; along with several special nieces and nephews.

Along with her husband she was preceded in death by a son Terry “Bub” Sansom, a brother James “Hector” Wharton, and brother-in-law Anthony Kasper.

A public graveside service will be held Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1pm in Bellville Cemetery. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating as social distance guidelines will be observed.  For friends at home, services will be live streamed through the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page.   Pastors Joel Warner and Christine Radojcsics will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Buter Clear Fork Valley Historical Society or Impact Worship Center.

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  • I am sorry to hear of Bettys passing. She was a nice friend and a good neighbor to Matt and Sara. Your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

    Debbie Weikle

  • I was privileged to do Betty’s hair for many years. A wonderful friend to many! She will be remembered by her great love of her family.

  • Sorry for your loss. She was a very nice lady and im sure she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers and with each one of you

  • We’re so very sorry for the loss of your family’s loved one.
    Thinking of you and lifting you in prayer at this difficult time.

  • Im so sorry about Bettys passing… What a kind person but ill remember her always with a smile on her face.. She loved her family .. saw her at many baseball games and would sit with her and Wil watching the kids and yelling for them.. now shes at peace and she will be missed…
    My Deepest Sorrow for all the family
    Linda Mast

  • Dan and I want to send are deepest sympathy I didn’t now she was sick our hearts go out to you

  • I was saddened to learn of Betty’s passing. We are sending a long-distance hug , hand shake and a prayer to Gary,Keith and Sherry and their families.
    Jan & Jerry

  • We wish we could be with you as you deal with the passing of your mother, and my aunt.
    Sending Big hugs to all the family.
    Donna & Gary Verdino

  • So sorry for your loss. We remember Betty with fondness. She will be greatly missed at Impact Worship Center.

  • So sorry for your loss! Betty was such a sweet lady and will be missed . You are in my prayers!

  • So very sorry for you loss, and the world, I sure remember her all those years and what a sweet lady she was.

    Ellie Hitchman

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Betty was such a sweet soul. We loved having her with us at Mansfield Place. It was a true honor. God bless you all.

  • My condolences to the family for your loss. Prayers for your family during this time. Henry & Debbie Levingston

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was such a kind a sweet lady. Sending love and prayers to the family.

  • So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Prayers for the families. 🙏

    Deepest condolences,
    Corey and Carrie Oyster

  • Keith and family, we were very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Sansom. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our expression of deepest sympathy to all of you. Marv Harlan and family.

  • Sorry for your loss. Betty was one of the nicest person I’ve known. Always smiling and talked to you. She was a part of Hitchmans and Butler.
    Toni and Rick Fowler

  • To Betty’s Beautiful Family,
    My heart is with you all at this time, my thoughts and prayers as well.

    Love, Debra Yates

  • So sorry for your loss prayers and love sent to you Sherry and your family.

  • To Gary, Keith, and your family. I’m so sorry, for the loss of your Mom. Praying, for God’s comfort to surround you all at this difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

  • So sorry to hear this. She was a part of our family at Hitchman’s. Such a sweet lady. Always smiling! God Bless. JoDee Derr

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Jon & Nita Bieri

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. I worked with her at Hitchmans so many good times

  • To the Sansom family I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences !
    A second home to go down to and play when we were kids. I’m sure she is at peace with Virgil, Bub, and Jim.

  • Rinda ,Gary and all the Sanson family,so very sry to hear about ur wife mother and grandmother and friend.She was a very nice lady and will be missed by many.May God help u all during this terrible journey u are on.Bless u all. Dave & Jackie Montgomery & family

  • So sorry to here of her passing.she was so nice.we had many good times at Sherry’s slumber parties.good memories.condolence to the family.prayers and hugs
    Roy and Dawn Peterson.

  • Betty was my former mother in law that I have known since I was 16 years old. Even though I left the family, she continued to be a loving mother to me for many years. She was an outstanding Grandmother to my children and truly was an example setter with her love and faith in the Lord. Rest In that glorious place now in heaven, where they have truly gained an angel.

  • Please know that all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time…. Betty always had a smile when ever I ran into her and worked many hours in the Booster tent at the Fair with her… such a fun person to be around… she will be missed…

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Sherry and Family,
    We want to let you know how sorry we are to here of the loss of your Mom. I remember how kind she was when I was at your house. My Mom remembers her with fondness. We want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts during this difficult time. May fond memories and the love of family carry you through.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Jeannie Bowen
    Jennifer and Jeff Oswalt

  • Aunt Betty you surely will be missed. We have shared so many good times together over the years. We both love doing crafts and talking about our family history. We loved to watch the Buckeyes together. Tho I think it was Urban Myers we were really watching and then we had our Presleys on Saturday night. Its not ever going to be the same without you. But I know you are in heaven with our father and.our family. I will miss you till I see you again. Love you always and forever.

  • I am so sorry about Aunt Betty I only met her the one time and we stayed the night with her and Uncle Virgil she was a kind caring and I believe a strong Godly lady. I have always cherished my gifts she had given to me and sister Clara I just wish I could of known her better but I believe she is resting from her labors love and prayers. Cathy Sansom Nuckolls

  • Sherry and Marcia,
    I’m sorry you could not have the service for your mom and sister that you normally would but I just finished watching the grave side service. It was very well done and a true tribute to a wonderful lady. I know she would have been happy with the service. The quilt was an especially nice touch. Prayers of comfort to you and your family.

  • Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We both worked with Betty at Hitchman’s Market and will remember her kindness and her smile. May your wonderful memories be a comfort to you and may God’s peace be with you.

    Terry and Tammy Hitchman

  • Sheri, Very Sorry for your loss. I always bought hand towels to hang on my refrigerator. She made the best . Love and Prayers to you and your Family.
    Janie Dixon