Betty Louise Smith

January 13, 1925 ‒ January 16, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Betty Louise Smith, age 96 of Marion, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

Betty was born at home in Marion on January 13, 1925 to Oscar and Nola (McElhaney) Pearson Simpkins. She attended Harding High School and graduated in the class of 1943. She was united in marriage to O. Fred Smith on June 27, 1952; he preceded her in death on October 1, 1984.

Betty had a special way of making a house a home. Her servant’s heart and caring soul drew people in and she was filled with love for everyone. One way she showed that love was her gift as a wonderful cook. Sharing a meal with family and friends was always a special time. Volunteering was another way she demonstrated her love for others. In her early years she enjoyed volunteering at River Valley Schools, and throughout her entire life she was a devoted member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday school teacher, attended Bible studies and served in many other capacities within the church.

She will forever be remembered by her daughter, Jean A. Smith of Marion; her sister Wilma Jean Powell; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a host of friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; her husband O. Fred Smith; and siblings: Mildred Swauger and Donald Pearson.

Services will be held privately by the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s honor to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S Prospect St, Marion, OH 43302.

The Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, is honored to be serving the Smith family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • JeanAnn, please accept our condolences. Your mother was one of the nicest women that we knew. She always had a smile and a sweet “hello” for us on Sundays. We shall all miss her.

  • Jean I’m sorry I didn’t know your mother better. She raised a beautiful and talented daughter. My condolences to you.
    Merrill Cooper-Bender

  • Jean, I love you. I loved Aunt Betty and Uncle Fred. The memories of all the Christmas’s our families shared will always be a treasure. Aunt Betty’s wonderful meals and the friendship she gave to my mother was precious. Aunt Betty will always be remembered with love.