Betty R. Todd, 87, of Heltonville, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Seymour Crossing nursing facility after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 22, 1928, in Smithville in Monroe County, she was the daughter of Noah Everett and Dertha Ann Todd Blackwell, both of whom preceded him in death. On Oct. 25, 1947, she married Cletis Opal Todd, who preceded her in death Nov. 21, 1990.
She was a 1947 graduate of Heltonville High School and afterwards the Central Beauty College of Indianapolis. She was a member of Heltonville Baptist Church and Seymour chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She retired from Dana Corp. in Mitchell in 2002.
Betty served in many roles during her life, including as a beautician, homemaker, farmhand, PTO mom, caregiver, Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening and was well-known for a full freezer and her specialty — pies.
As her children grew up, the house and yard were often filled with their friends and cousins. All left well fed and often with a haircut. Years later both Betty and Opal took great pleasure on those occasions when all the grandchildren would come to the farm for the weekend. Aunt Jodee and the grandchildren still speak fondly of those weekend gatherings and their many adventures at family events.
Survivors include sons, Dan (Mary) Todd of Heltonville and Jim (Doris) Todd of Bedford; daughters, Janet (David) Mowry of Seymour, and Jodee (Jeff Jones) Todd; brother, Darrell (Gleathal) Blackwell of Bedford; sisters-in-law, Roberta (Wayne) Blackwell of Judah, Velma (Mack) Todd of Memphis, Tennessee, and Shirly Todd-Bouher of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and parents, she was preceded in death by daughter, Norma Doanne (Jim) Turner; brothers, Marion (Mary) Blackwell, Ray (Essie) Blackwell and Wayne (Roberta) Blackwell; twins, David and William, at birth; and sisters, Marie (Everett) Fish, Cleta (Berlin) Murphy, Lena (Everett) Murphy, Reatha (John) Sieverling and Wilma (John) Allen.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Chris Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery, Heltonville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Day & Carter Mortuary with an Eastern Star memorial service at 7 pm.
After the burial, a gathering and meal for family and friends will take place at the Heltonville Baptist Church annex. Covered dishes are welcomed.
Memorials may be made to Heltonville Baptist Church or Gilgal Cemetery.
Family and friends may also share condolences at daycarter.com.