Betty Kathleen Smith, 95, of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 8, 2018, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio, where she has resided for several years.
She was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Montezuma, Ohio, to the late Roland and Harriett (Rotsel) Ellis.
Originally from Williams County, Betty graduated from Bryan High School and worked for several years as a secretary for her family’s business, Ellis Farm Equipment, where she met her future husband, Clair W. Smith. She and Clair were married on Christmas Day in 1941, and she later became a loving mother to two daughters. Generations of grandchildren that followed filled her heart with joy. Betty enjoyed gardening, and was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church.
Betty is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. (and Gene) Beaverson of Fayette and Wilda M. (and Denny) Steele of McCormick, S.C.; a brother, Roger Ellis of Bryan; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clair, on June 13, 2002; two sisters, Jean Kyser and Bonnie McNell; two brothers, Donald and Robert Ellis; a grandson, Michael Beaverson; and a grandson-in-law, Keith Grant.
Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, with Pastor Andrea Curry officiating. Burial will follow in the Floral Grove Cemetery near West Unity. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette UMC Family Life Center or the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.