Betty Arlene Allen

October 23, 1927August 22, 2018

Betty A. (Courtright) Knicely Allen, age 90, passed away on Aug. 22, 2018 at the home of her son, Robert L. Knicely.

Betty was born on Oct. 23, 1927, in Coshocton County to the late Jay E. and Dorothy (Smailes) Courtright. She grew up in Conesville and graduated in 1945 from Conesville High School. She married her High School sweetheart, R. Wayne Knicely, on Dec. 24, 1945 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Adamsville. She and Wayne shared 19 years of marriage before he was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Mar. 4, 1965. Betty and Wayne had two children, Robert L. “Bob” (Mary) Knicely and Carol J. (Lynn) Mikesell.

Betty was an awesome mother and had to take over the roles of both mom and dad following Wayne’s death. With the help of her Lord and Savior, she did just that. She was an Avon Representative, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teacher’s aide, as well as Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, choir member, and church treasurer. She was a caring friend who always listened, a great pie baker and homemade noodle maker. She also chauffeured a lot of children around besides her own and always was the mom whose house was always open to the kids who wanted to play and eat. She was a true servant of the Lord, looking after widows and people who were down on their luck; she even invited them to her family’s Christmas Eve dinners.

In 1973, Betty married James L. “Jim” Allen, who passed away on Dec. 30, 2013, and took on a second family. She helped Jim raise three of his four children. Betty is survived by her step-children: Charles L. “Chuck” (Theresa) Allen, Janie (Brad) Sarchet, Lisa (Brian) Davis, and Christopher (Tina) Allen; 15 grandchildren: Kurt (Jenn) Knicely, Kyle (Kaylie) Knicely, Kristy (Jason) McCormick, Keri Knicely, Jodi Hedrick (Jim) Nash, Jon Hedrick, Joel and Joe Sarchet, Chloe (Zach) Hess, Carly (Roger) Bishop, Cassie (Sean) Varady, and Sarah, Rachel, Luke, and Leah Allen; one sister, Marilyn Dawson, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Along with her two late husbands, Betty is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Amber Renee Johnson, and her sister, Joan C. Guthrie.

Calling hours for Betty will be held at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dale Parrish officiating. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery. The family extends a special thanks to all the folks at Community Hospice for making Betty’s last hours more pleasant, and to Debbie and Susan (two of Betty’s nieces) for all of their help in the past few weeks.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Betty’s name can be made to Prairie Chapel UMC at 45494 CR 23, Coshocton, OH 43812.


  • Calling Hours Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 27, 2018

Betty Arlene Allen

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August 26, 2018

Betty was a wonderful person and good neighbor in Conesville, Ohio .
Betty had a bath tub and we only had a shower. My little girls loved to go to Betty's because Carol would often put them in the tub to splash around, Then many times Betty would invite us to stay for dinner. What a treat. She was a good cook too.
Bob would tease the girls. When I was 8 mos pregnant for Jill, the girls wanted t o play in the Splash wading pool. , they wanted to do it over at
at Betty's home......So I put the green wading pool on my back it was hard plastic. Betty laughed and said girl ,,you look like a pregnant turtle

Max and Nancy Lingo

August 25, 2018

Bob and family we are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I remember when she would bring her husband into the office. My memories of your mother was gracious, attractive and kind in one little bundle. She is in a better place and pray for your strength in a very difficult time. ♥️🙏

Jill (Donley) Mitzev

August 24, 2018

Dear Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. My sincere condolences for your loss. With love, Jill Donley

Amy Freeman

August 24, 2018

Carol- sending love and prayers for you and your family. I’ll be holding you in my heart ❤️. Blessings.

Denise Bankes

August 24, 2018

I remember Betty when I would go to their house when I was in school to be with Janie. They always made me feel welcome. I'm sorry for everyones loss. My condolences to the family.

Kathy Wolford

August 24, 2018

Carol and family, I didn’t know your mother, but wanted to send my condolences for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kathy & Garry

Marty Darling

August 24, 2018

When I sat beside Betty at church, even though she had trouble seeing, during prayer concerns she would write down the names of the people so she could pray for them during the week. Such a sweet lady always with a positive attitude and only seeing the best in everyone.