Obituary for Betty Lou Smith


Betty Lou Smith

Betty Lou Smith passed from this life on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Grace Village, Winona Lake, IN after a period of declining health. Betty was born August 7, 1929 in Kosciusko County to Omer Otis and Beatrice VanPherson Coldren. Betty graduated from Laketon High School in 1947 and married Ronald L. Olinger. They had three children before divorcing.

In 1965 Betty married Rex Dean Smith who preceded her in death December 23, 2016.

Betty enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing euchre, reading, and going to the casino. She tended beautiful flower gardens and baked delicious pies. She dearly loved her family and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her children Michael Joe (Patricia) Olinger in Wayland, MI, Ann Jeanette (Norman) Johnson in Ashland, OH, Jeannie Marie (Juan) Gonzales in Millersburg, IN and step-children Debra Sue (Rex Darley) Lancaster, Jeffrey Rex (Melissa) Smith, and Sharon Kay (Dave) Peters all of South Whitley, IN. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, and sisters Beverly Joan Coldren, Barbara Stewart, Brenda (Larry) Landis and Rebecca Burton.

In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her brothers William Coldren and Keith Coldren, sisters Edna Tracy and Carol Paul, 3 sons-in-law and one great granddaughter.

Funeral Services will be held at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw on Thursday, February 7th at 11 a.m. with calling one hour prior. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Norman Johnson will officiate the services.

Because trees, a nice lawn and flower gardens gave Betty pleasure, it is suggested that memorial contributions be given to Grace Village, 337 Grace Village Dr, Winona Lake, IN 46590 designated for landscape projects.



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