Betty S. Wyrick

December 17, 1941 ‒ September 08, 2016

Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Betty S. Wyrick, age 74, of Upper Sandusky, died peacefully Thursday evening, September 8, 2016, at the Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky surrounded by her loving family and friends following a valiant five year battle with cancer.

On December 17, 1941, Betty was born in LaFollette, Tennessee, the middle of seven children of the late Kelly and Sadie (Violet) Wyrick.  She graduated from LaFollette High School in the class of 1960.

Having Jesus in her heart, Betty was proud to have been saved at the age of 15, at Aldersprings Baptist Church in LaFollette, TN.

Shortly following graduation, Betty moved to Columbus, Ohio, to be near her brothers and sisters who had already moved there in search of work.  Eventually, she found her home away from home at the Acorn Nursery in Galena, Ohio, where she loved going to work every day as their “forewoman” for twenty one years until her retirement in 2001.  She truly had a “green thumb” bringing vibrance and life to everything she planted.  Her work family all lovingly referred to her as “Betty Boop”.  She also loved tending to her garden and many plants at home too.

In addition to gardening, Betty enjoyed watching NASCAR, with #5 Kasey Kahne being her favorite driver.  She loved her beloved University of Tennessee Volunteers, and Ohio State University Buckeyes.  She was an avid reader, who “wore out her Kindle”.  She stayed sharp by always working on her crosswords puzzles and puzzle books.

Sharing a love for quilting like her mother, Betty enjoyed making quilts for her children and grandchildren.

The matriarch of the family, Betty had a wonderfully overwhelming unconditional love for all of her family.  She was the glue in her family’s life, who always put the needs of them before her own.  She was a fiercely strong and independent woman, who also had a great sense of humor, keeping you on your toes with her dry wit.  She shared a close bond with her siblings, always keeping their stories alive and “lighting up” when they would see one another.  Most important of all to Betty was her children and grandchildren, whom she cherished every moment with.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Eugene (Rhonda) Wyrick of Knoxville, TN, Cynthia Griffith of Mount Gilead, OH, and Sandra (Wayne) Rowe of Upper Sandusky, OH; eleven grandchildren: Jacob, Jonathan and Sarah Wyrick, Brittaney Griffith, Billy (Vanessa) Griffith, Amanda (Gabe) Leonard, Brooklyn and Sean Griffith, and Kaitlin, Reagan, and Riley Rowe; one great-granddaughter, Izabella Leonard; four siblings: Flo Etta (Jess) Malicoate, Gilbert Wyrick, Paul (Luci) Wyrick, and Opal (Joe) Bryant; a sister-in-law, Wilma Wyrick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Betty was preceded in death by two brothers: Glen and Steve Wyrick.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services celebrating her life will also be held there at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, with Pastor Jim Stauffer officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County, 320 Maple St., #C, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351, or to the James Cancer Center, c/o The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.

Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Betty’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Opal, Joe and Family:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    May “our LORD” afford each of you comfort, strength and sweet peace today and in the days and nights that follow.

    Henry and Sondria Ford Soward


  • To all of Betty’s family: My heart goes out to you at this sorrowful time in your life. Sorry I can’t be with you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray God will hold you in His arms of love and comfort you until you can stand again. Love to all.

  • Sandra and family so very sorry for your loss may Heavenly Father give you peace and comfort to get through this great loss. Sending many hugs and prayers to you all.

  • Sorry for the loss of your precook mother and sister. Prayers of comfort and peace flowing down from the father above.

  • My heart goes out to all of Betty Boops family and friends. We will miss her smile, warm greetings , and gentle laugh. My life is blessed to have had you in it as a friend and hope you know how important you were for me. We will all miss you Betty, and I hope you know your presence in the world has had a positive effect on so many. I hope your family can find comfort knowing you are on new journey. We love you, miss you.

  • Gene, I’m so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Be assured that she is no longer in pain and is resting in the arms of her Lord. May God bless you and your family as you mourn your loss.

    Joseph Simpson

  • My condolences to the family of Betty. She fought a long time and is now at ease from her pain. Opal and JT, thoughts and prayers for you.