Betty M. James

April 17, 1923 ‒ July 07, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Betty M. James, age 95, of Mount Vernon died Saturday, July 7, 2018. Betty was born April 17, 1923 in Knox County to parents Avery and Jessie (Davis) Cline. Raised in Morrow County she was a graduate of Chesterville High School then returned to Knox County for the rest of her life, living in Fredericktown and Mount Vernon.

She retired from Mount Vernon City School District as a certified dietitian after 21 years. Betty was the only cook who worked in all six city school cafeterias, when one cook prepared the food herself and then served the meal to hundreds of children.

Betty had many hobbies as well. She was a seamstress that made anything from doll clothes to wedding garments for family and friends. As a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4027, she worked as a cook and managed the grill in their food tents at the Knox County Fair. She coordinated large turkey dinners and even helped at the club cantina. Betty loved to bake and took on jobs that would require her to make hundreds of cookies for large functions, and dozens of pies for many organizations. Mostly she loved to bake and decorate cakes for birthdays, showers and wedding parties.

Betty had been a PTO mother and past president at Columbia School, a volunteer mother in her children’s schools and 4H Clubs. She served on the board of the Highmeadow Village Condominium Association and was a member of Glenwood Chapter #303, Order of Eastern Star.

Betty is survived by 3 children: Gene (Carolyn) James, Marilyn (AJ) Arechederra, and Bob James, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several great great-grandchildren. Besides her parents Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years Clayton E. James, her daughter Peggy Horn, a son of only a few hours Paul Edward James (Peggy’s twin brother), her brother Floyd Cline and three sisters Irene Bullock, Lucille Morey, and Pearl Beckholt.

A graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 beginning at 11AM with Mr. Ben McKinstry officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Ohio Eastern Star Home, 1451 Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • Extended prayers for the family: Aunt Betty was a special BEING! Hugs to all! Ramona

  • RIP Dear Friend — Even though we got to know you later in life, we have enjoyed spending time with you and hearing your life stories. There will be some wonderful cakes and other baked goods in Heaven now. You will once again be together with your loved ones who have gone before you. We are sending your family and Roger our deepest sympathy and friendship. We do share in their loss. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Very sorry for your loss. I got to meet Betty at some of our retirement dinners for the cook’s at MVCS. She was a genuine lady and I enjoyed her. Lisa


  • Sorry to read of Betty’s passing. I remember her sweet smile in the MV High School cafeteria. I could tell she loved serving the students. I did not, however, eat her lima beans- I always gave them away. Thoughts and prayer for you. Mom sends her condolences and hopes to see you soon.
    Ann and Judi Auskings

  • Not only did I work with Betty for a small period of time at the old middle school when I was a new teacher there, I was fortunate enough to have had Betty make my wedding cake (which was exceptional). I recently saw her at OES and when I thanked her again (36 years later) , she had the most beautiful smile. Cheers for a life well lived and her service to others.

  • So sorry to lose this lovely lady. She has inspired me to persevere though life’s ups and downs. I will miss our phone visits . Our loss, heaven’s gain. So sorry I will not be able to attend her services. Raymond