Betty Rose Cardone Archer

December 26, 1923July 22, 2012

Betty Rose Archer, 88, died Sunday as she lived, surrounded by family. Born Dec. 26, 1923, the daughter of Margaret & Henry Cardone, Mrs. Archer grew up in an unusually close family, one of eight children. In November of 1942, she married Jack Archer, just before he left to serve in the U.S. Army, while she helped by World War II effort as a factory worker. When he returned home to Lima, where both had graduated from South High School, they had three children. A homemaker, sought-after guest and gracious hostess, she volunteered for several years at the Canteen for Veterans and was a member of Shawnee United Methodist Church. After her children were grown, she returned to full-time work as secretary for the superintendent of Shawnee Local Schools. Later, she and her husband lived briefly in Alaska, where she worked for the Department of Highways. The Archers were married more than a half-century and lived in retirement at their Indian Lake home. Mr. Archer preceded her in death, as did her parents and three of her sisters. Survivors include an enormous wealth of nieces, nephews and cousins; a brother, Dr. Charles (Jean Ann) Cardone of Cincinnati; three sisters, Flora DeVoe of Belle Center and Margaret Mefferd and Nelda Cardone, both of Lima; two sons, Steven (Ellie) Archer of Wapakoneta, and Thomas (Laurie) Archer of Austin, TX; a daughter, Laura (Michael) Pulfer of Bellefontaine; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. A dedicated fitness enthusiast, Mrs. Archer worked out daily with free weights and aerobic exercise until her life was cut short by complications from a fall. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Community United Methodist Church, with Pastor Charlotte Hefner officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 2-8 p.m. at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Lima, and on Wednesday, from Noon until 1:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Home Reach Hospice Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Dr., Columbus, 43214. Condolences may be expressed at


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  • Calling Hours Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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shirley wolf

July 26, 2012

My sympathy to the entire family. Betty was a wonderful lady who lived life to the fullest. Shirley Settlemire Wolf

Mary McCarty

July 25, 2012

Dear Laura, Mike, Meg, Rosie, Marlo,
I just learned of your tragic loss. What a beautiful, elegant and vibrant woman. It was always a joy to run into Betty at the lake and to bask in her sincere warmth, welcome and kindness.
What a remarkable woman and what a remarkable family she leaves behind. You will be in my thoughts in the difficult months to come.

Larry Heitkamp

July 25, 2012

Dear Steve and Ellie

We wanted you to know how sorry we were to hear of the passing of Betty. After reading her obituary and seeing her photo it seems that she was a very classy lady with a wonderful family life. No matter how old we are it is still hard to lose a parent and am sure that you will miss her dearly. You no doubt have many fond memories of Betty - she will be in your hearts forever.

We meant to come to visit you personally at the funeral home yesterday but circumstances did not allow for this to happen. You are surely in our prayers and thoughts today.

Larry and Judy Heitkamp

July 24, 2012

We were saddened to hear of Betty's passing. She was so beautiful and always a pleasure to work with. I always told her "I wanted to be like her." For all of us here at Yocum, you have our condolences.

Jennifer Loetz,
Property Management

July 24, 2012

Steve, So sorry to read about your mom. My thoughts are with you today and everyday. Jane Bollinger Adams

July 24, 2012

Thom and family, my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you at this time.

Lillian Andrew

July 23, 2012

Thom, Laurie, and Otis, I'm thinking of you. Please accept my sympathy.
April Thompson