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Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA

OBITUARY

Betty May Karch

August 19, 1925September 8, 2019
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Mrs. Betty May Bush Karch, 94, left this life to be with Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at her home, Poets Walk, in Fredericksburg, VA.

Betty was born in Milton, PA to John Phillip Bush and Mildred Ann Raup Bush. She graduated from Milton High School in 1943 and worked as a telephone operator for “Ma” Bell Telephone company during World War II. While working as a telephone operator in 1945 she met a farm boy, Paul Ronald Karch from Indiana, who was going to college in an Army Air Corps officer V-12 training program at nearby Bucknell University. They married, had 5 children, and a wonderful life together for over 70 years.

Betty was an avid reader of the Holy Bible, Agatha Christie, and western novels and she had a love of music. She baked the best chocolate chip cookies on the planet, as well as a very tasty meatloaf, puppy chow, and rice krispy treats. She was a member of the SonRise Christian Church (formerly Pembroke Manor United Church of Christ) in Virginia Beach, VA, active league bowler, rose gardener, and square dancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul and her favorite sister, Clara Alice Jones.

She is survived by her younger brother, John E. Bush; one daughter; two sons; two beautiful daughter-in-laws; a one in a million son-in-law; eight awesome grandchildren; and eight super awesome great grandchildren. Her dedication to her family and sacrifices as a Navy wife for 30 years, her sense of humor, and her adventurous spirit inspired her family, friends, and a new generation.

A memorial service will be conducted at 12 pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at 12 pm on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Harmony Cemetery in Milton, PA.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be sent to your local Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

22 September

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

22 September

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

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Laura Ipock

September 11, 2019

You could never ask for a better grandma! She was the best cheerleader, snuck us ice cream as kids (and adults!), and always showed us that she loved us. I am so glad I got to kiss her goodbye and tell her that I loved her one more time before she moved up. I know she is square dancing and bowling up a storm in Heaven with Gramps.

Rakeema McCain

September 11, 2019

I took care of Betty Karch at poets walk . I actually got to spend a little more alone time with her in her last few days . I helped her eat and talked to her . She was a very sweet woman . It broke my heart that I wasn’t there when she passed away. She was my little Betty boop. It was an honor being able to take care of her and grow a relationship but I’m also glad she is no longer suffering and is in a better place with the god . She will always be in my heart. I Love and miss you Betty Karch. May you rest in paradise love .

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