Betty Ruth Smith
October 27, 1933 – April 1, 2019
Betty R. Smith, 85, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 1, 2019, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
She was born on October 27, 1933, in Warren County, Tennessee, the daughter of Melton Oscar and Hannah Mae (Summers) Bailey. Betty had resided in Delaware County since 1941. She retired from Lowery’s Candies where she served as the “big dipper.” Betty was a devout member of the West Side Church of Christ, a congregation she helped establish and build with her late husband, Herb Smith. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens. Betty enjoyed helping and taking care of others. She cared for and loved her husband, her “Pride and Joy” from their wedding day until and through his final years.
Survivors include her three daughters, Deborah Perry, Muncie, Indiana, Susan (husband, Tom) Cloninger, Maumelle, Arkansas, and Teresa (husband, Don) Allison, Yorktown, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Ross (wife, Alycia) Perry, Bevin (husband, Arthur) Green, Megan (husband, Hayden) Cruce, Kristy (husband, Matt) Burch, Katie (husband, Casey) Robinson, Kassandra Allison, and Bethany (husband, Thomas) Williams; eight great-grandchildren, Cade, Arthur Thomas, and Kian Green, Riley and Gavin Burch, Lucy Robinson, and Jace and Sadie Cruce; her siblings, Christine Jarrell, Jim (wife, Edwina) Bailey, Dewey (wife, Janice) Bailey, Joyce Colvin, Lois Schlagel, Joe (wife, Billie) Bailey, and Cindy Taylor; her in-laws, Jim Smith, Beulah Elaine (husband, Don) Taylor, Paul (wife, Peggy) Smith, Fran Bailey, and Jerry Wilhoite; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of sixty-six years, Herb Smith; son-in-law, Kevin Perry; and her siblings, Melton Bailey Jr., Melba Wilhoite, and Wayne Bailey.
Services to celebrate Betty’s life will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Ave, Muncie, Indiana, 47304, with Mike Gors officiating. Burial will follow in Garden of Memory Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, or one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Lads to Leaders C/O West Side Church of Christ, 6600 West Kilgore Avenue, Yorktown, Indiana, 47396.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.elmridgefuneralhome.com.
- Deborah Perry, Daughter
- Susan (Tom) Cloninger, Daughter
- Teresa (Don) Allison, Daughter
- Ross (Alycia) Perry, Grandchild
- Bevin (Arthur) Green, Grandchild
- Megan (Hayden) Cruce, Grandchild
- Kristy (Matt) Burch, Grandchild
- Katie (Casey) Robinson, Grandchild
- Kassandra Allison, Grandchild
- Bethany (Thomas) Williams, Grandchild
- Cade Green, Great Grandchild
- Arthur Thomas Green, Great Grandchild
- Kian Green, Great Grandchild
- Riley Burch, Great Grandchild
- Gavin Burch, Great Grandchild
- Lucy Robinson, Great Grandchild
- Jace Cruce, Great Grandchild
- Sadie Cruce, Great Grandchild
- Christine Jarrell, Sibling
- Jim (Edwina) Bailey, Sibling
- Dewey (Janice) Bailey, Sibling
- Joyce Colvin, Sibling
- Lois Schlagel, Sibling
- Joe (Billie) Bailey, Sibling
- Cindy Taylor, Sibling
- Jim Smith, In-Law
- Beulah Elaine (Don) Taylor, In-Laws
- Paul (Peggy) Smith, In-Laws
- Fran Bailey, In-Law
- Jerry Wilhoite, In-Law
- Melton Oscar Bailey, Father
- Hannah Mae Bailey, Mother
- Herb Smith, Loving Husband
- Kevin Perry, Son-in-law
- Melton Bailey Jr., Sibling
- Melba Wilhoite, Sibling
- Wayne Bailey, Sibling
- Betty also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her loving memory.
- Ross Perry, Pallbearer
- Hayden Cruce, Pallbearer
- Matt Burch, Pallbearer
- Casey Robinson, Pallbearer
- Thomas Williams, Pallbearer
- Riley Burch, Pallbearer
- Gavin Burch, Pallbearer
- Arthur Green, Honorary Pallbearer
- Cade Green, Honorary Pallbearer
Lads to Leaders
c/o West Side Church of Christ 6600 West Kilgore Avenue , Yorktown, Indiana 47396
- Calling Hours: Thursday, April 4, 2019
- Funeral Service with Calling One Hour Prior: Friday, April 5, 2019
Betty Ruth Smith
April 16, 2019
To Betty's family,
I don't get the newspaper until a week late so I just saw the notice that Betty had passed away and wanted to express my sincerest sympathies. I wish I had seen it in time to come to the funeral as I would definitely have come.
I didn't get to see Betty often, I was usually with Melba ( my best friend in the whole world) at church when I did. I will always remember Betty as a very kind, gentle and loving person with a strong belief in God. I will take heart knowing she is now in heaven with Melba.
With my sincerest sympathies,
Lois A. Green
April 6, 2019
Chad and I are so glad we got to know your family. You welcomed us with open arms. Lots of laughs were shared with Ms. Betty & Mr. Herb in their home. Ms.
Betty made the soup. Chad made the cornbread in her kitchen. And of course I made the sweet tea. Simple dinners and lasting memories.
The Bobo Family
April 5, 2019
Love and prayers from Pam and I, and all of the Baileys in Tennessee. We will miss her love and kind thoughts, and her Christian nature to always share God with others. I personally will remember her last words to me from the family reunion, and will try to always take them to heart. God rest you and keep you Aunt Betty.
April 3, 2019
So sorry to hear about the passing of Betty. I grew up across the street from where she and Herb lived, and I adored them both. I spent a lot of time over there as a child and enjoyed spending time with her; she was always warm and welcoming. My condolences to the family.
April 2, 2019
To the Smith and Bailey families: I am so sorry for the loss of Betty. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know there are no words that can ease the pain right now. I was so looking forward to seeing Betty on our trip to Christine's. I always loved talking to Betty and Herbie. We always talked NASCAR and especially Jeff Gordon. I feel so blessed to have become a member of this family and so truly loved. I will miss you Betty but I know you are finally back with Herbie and so happy. Love to the family. Fran