A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 11th and Market streets, for Betty Jane Richmond, 89, who passed away at home on Feb. 22, 2013. The Rev. Brent Sturm will officiate. A reception at the Parkersburg Country Club will be held from 1-3 p.m. afterward.
Betty was born in Parkersburg on Aug. 7, 1923, one of 14 children born to Benjamin F. Shively and Lula Hartleben Shively.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Richard N. Richmond; by brothers, Carl, Howard, Bob, John, Jim, Jack and Ben; and sisters, Nora, Vera, Katherine, Ruth and Mary.
Betty graduated from Parkersburg High School and attended Mountain State Business College. She was a longtime employee of Dils Department Store, working in the millinery department for many years. Later in her life, she worked as the switchboard operator in the Parkersburg office of the West Virginia Department of Highways. Betty was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church for 66 years; she attended the church for over 70 years. She was very involved in the church during those years in many capacities, but she most enjoyed being a member of the church choir.
Betty is survived by one sister, Margaret Davis and husband, Parker, of Henderson, Nev., and by numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses and children, all of whom she loved very much. She is also survived by many dear friends.
Betty donated her body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University to support teaching and research missions at WVU.
The family respectfully suggests donations to the music program at St. Paul's United Methodist Church or to Housecalls Hospice.
Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg is assisting the family with arrangements.