Betty Jo Hanna

June 12, 1931May 25, 2021

Betty Jo Hanna left this earth for her heavenly home on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. She was born June 12, 1931 and was preparing for her 90th birthday celebration. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Eugene Hanna; mother, Marie Parsons Painter; father, Cloyd Painter; sister, Ruth Duncan; brother, Keith Painter; and sisters-in-law and close friends, Maxine Aldridge, and Rosa Lee Painter.

Betty graduated from Nitro High School in 1949. She lived a full, Godly life as a secretary, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and confidant to so many. She married her high school sweet heart on June 22, 1951. Together they raised 2 children; son, David Hanna (Sarah) of Lexington, Kentucky; and daughter, Becky Gatewood (Don) of Charleston.

She has been blessed with 6 grandsons, Matthew Gatewood (Jen) of Washington, D.C., Mark Gatewood (Amber) of Houston, Texas, John Michael Gatewood of Corpus Christi, Texas, Daniel Hanna of Lexington, Kentucky, Josiah Hanna (Aimee) of Edinburgh, Scotland, John David Hanna also of Lexington, Kentucky. She has 3 great-grandchildren, George and Mary Gatewood, and Harley "Dutch" Gatewood. Betty has always been known for her green thumb and beautiful flowers, baking, cooking, canning, Bible teaching, and providing love and support to many family and friends. She has always been quick to laugh, smile and help a friend when needed.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. William Oscanyan, Dr. Laura Hummers, Dr. Molly John and Dr. Greg Rosencrance for their kindness and compassion through her many medical challenges over the years. Now she is reunited with Paul and in the hands of God, the greatest healer, to never know pain and suffering again.

Service will be 11:00am Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00am Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of donations, Betty was happiest among the flowers.

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Ruth Cunningham

May 29, 2021

My special friend saw with loving eyes, spoke with tender voices, helped with gentle hands and cared with compassionate hearts. Life was beautiful, peaceful, full and was good beyond all measure...that was Betty Jo. She was loved by many and will be missed and remembered always, Love, Ruth Cunningham

Terry Roush

May 28, 2021

Becky and David,

So sorry to hear of Betty Jo's passing. So many memories we have of the goodness and love from Betty's heart. After too long of an abscence, mom and I visited a few years back. I don't believe I ever felt so welcomed. We shared stories and of course we looked at the scrapbook. She was so proud of her family. I was impressed with how the family celebrated her 80th (?) Birthday weekend...a couple of workdays by the extended family...then camping at the original family homeplace.

The next year when we visited WV and Betty Jo...she had Becky make brownies for me. How sweet and thoughtful. Our lives were shaped by somevery special people (Betty Joe and Paul, Ruth and Jimmy, Wilbur and Jennie, Mugg's and many more)....we are very fortunate.

I will never forget those trips to Mr Bragg's farm and the fun for all.

After all those years...Betty Joe remembered I was her brownie boy.

Betty Joe and Paul were very special to me. Thank you for sharing them with me.


Mom is now 95 and lives with me in Lexington, VA


May 28, 2021

Betty was Allen and my Sunday school teacher. What a kind and loving woman. We are at our other home in Middlebourne and will miss the Saturday service. God bless you Betty. Love Allen and Sharon

Judy (McCracken) Parsons

May 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of Betty Jo’s passing. Such a sweet lady. My fondest memory is when she gave up coming to my husband’s funeral to babysit my infant son. She would have done anything for anyone. Our parents are surely celebrating with each other today. Praying for your family.