Betty Jean Woods-Howard

September 8, 1924October 18, 2020

Long ago, in a little farmhouse back in the hills of Brown County, a little girl named Betty Jean was born on September 8th, 1924 to William and Nora Huber. The youngest of ten, Betty Jean lost her mother at the age of 8, and so was raised by her siblings. They all preceded her in death. She grew up off of Yellowwood road and attended school in Nashville, graduating in 1942. She married Ancil Woods in 1945, to that union were born three children, David, June, and Dennis. Ancil preceded her in death in 2005. At the age of 83, she married Edgar Howard, a classmate from the class of 1942. Edgar had three adult children, Barry, Jeffrey, and Kimberly, whom she loved as her own. Ed preceded her in death in 2016. She was a longtime member of Nashville Christian Church. Faith, Family, and Friends meant the world to her, and she was always eager to share her faith.

Betty is survived by three children, David (Cindy) Woods, of Greenfield, IN, June (Tom) Floyd, of Nashville, IN, and Dennis (Connie) Woods, of Tucson, AZ; ten grandchildren, Julie, DeAnna, Amy, Rebekah, Jill, Abigail, Jonathan, Adam, Elijah, Seth, and nineteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are six nieces and one nephew, Judy, Beverly, Lana Kay, Lucy, Darlene, Sandy, and Phillip.

Miss Betty was a dearly beloved mother, “Nana”, and friend who was known for her compassion for people, hospitality, spunk, and lipstick…she never left home without it. She is remembered as the “Nana” who brought sherbet to her grandchildren when they were feeling ill, the fashionable woman with always perfectly manicured nails, and as the friend who knew exactly how to brighten your day with a single rose in a bud vase. Later in life, she enjoyed attending her Silver Sneakers exercise group, socializing with her neighbors, taking daily walks, and was still passionate about ironing.

A visitation will be held at Nashville Christian Church Thursday, October 22nd from 2pm-8pm, and a Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, October 23rd at 1pm, also at Nashville Christian Church. Masks will be required.

Online condolences may be given at



  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 23, 2020

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Laura Young

October 24, 2020

All of us with TRIAD were so glad to know Betty. So loving, lively and fun! Our thoughts are with you.
Andrea Baker, Roger Brewer, Lois Followell, Marg Hash, Ken and Pricilla Keller, Hank Marshall, Marianne Metzelaar, Violet Miller, Barb and Warren Schade, Jenny Sue Whetstine, and Laura & Richard Young

Rebecca Patton

October 23, 2020

Betty will forever live in my mind, she offered so much joy! She made me laugh with her conversations ( and the overheard ones between her and Eileen), her opinions, and her willingness to say the things no one else would say. My last conversation with Betty was the day my Mom died, Betty was reminiscing about her childhood crush on my Uncle.
Well, Betty- it is YOUR time! Whatever eternity has in store for you, you will enjoy it and make it a party.
Becky Wooton Patton

Shirley Floyd

October 21, 2020

Betty was a sweet person who never met a stranger. She was always glad to see you Loved to share happy memories

Ruth Duncan

October 21, 2020

Betty was a lovely person who was so kind to everyone and always had a smile::))) She was one of my favorite Brown County people. So sorry for your loss.

Debbie Fitzpatrick

October 20, 2020

A truly beautiful soul.

Julia Cramer Voland

October 20, 2020

I remember your mother fondly. She was always an uplifting pleasure to chat with. The obituary captures her perfectly, especially the word "spunk". She will be missed. My thoughts are with you at this time.

Brooke Hertz

October 20, 2020

She was one of the first people to come up and speak to our family on our first visit to Nashville Christian Church. I’ll never forget how open and caring she was to us. She even made a point to say that she’d better see us back next week! Well, we did come back and we still attend almost 2 years later. I will miss seeing her smiling face.

Jenny Mel

October 20, 2020

Betty was such a extra special lady. She was always upbeat and smiling. Have known her for many years. First met her at a friend's house, Ruth Whiteside. Betty will certainly be missed by many people. Sending prayers to the family.

Betsy Hawkins

October 19, 2020

I am so sorry for your families’ loss. What a beautiful woman, who never looked her age! I know she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Ora Roberts

October 19, 2020

Betty was such a special lady. She always had a smile for me when I saw her. I know she will be missed. May God give all her family peace in knowing Betty is with our Lord and Savior.


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