Elizabeth G. “Betty” Whitmer, 94, of Navarre, passed away January 5, 2023, due to complications from Covid while recovering from a fall. She followed her best friend and rock, Stanley J. Whitmer, one day shy of the 6th anniversary of his death. Born February 27, 1928, in Justus, Ohio, a daughter to the late Rev. Dewey and Edith (Merrill) Ewing, Betty graduated from Ashland High School with the Class of 1946, and briefly attended Ashland College. On May 16, 1953, Betty married her best friend and they honeymooned together for the next 63 years. They worked side-by-side on the family farm where Betty found a special joy in being a farmer’s wife and teaching piano. A woman of strong faith, she lived her faith daily, believing there was nothing that a prayer and hard work could not improve or overcome.
A faithful member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Betty was active in service to the church and devoted to her faith community. She also served as the Bethlehem Township Clerk for sixteen years. She enjoyed quilting as a hobby and was a credentialed adjudicator, able to judge of the work of other quilters at area fairs and shows.
Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley; and son David; grandson Andrew; her twin sister, Eleanor (Ewing) Swineford, sister, Margaret (Ewing) Heiser, brother, Donald Ewing; sister-in-law, Evelyn (Whitmer) Hay; and brothers-in-law Lloyd and Ray Whitmer; Betty is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Robert) McAfee, and Kathy (Anthony) Frustaci, of New York. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Dr. Joseph (Dr. Kelly Kippes-) Frustaci, Mark (Kayleigh) McGuinness, Patrick (Dani) McGuinness, Anthony (Whitney) Frustaci, Matthew Frustaci, and Rebecca Lyons (David Watson); great-grandchildren, Abby, Jack and Edith, Nikalina, Alice and Lincoln, Piper and Sloan, and Eva; sister, Mrs. Charlene (Ewing) Brown, of Ashland, Ohio; and sister-in-law Mrs. Joyce Whitmer.
The family will receive condolences from 4-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Navarre. A private family service and committal will follow when all family members can be present. Memorial contributions are suggested to either the Otterbein UMC Women’s Missionary Group or the Music Department of Otterbein UMC, 6025 Shepler Church Road SW, Navarre, Ohio 44662. In lieu of food contributions to the family, they request consideration of your local food bank. The family also wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Sheryl Seward, Laurie and David Newman, Henry and Karen Cochran, as well Hattie's House, especially their wonderful RN, Kelly. Memories and condolences are always welcome and may be added to our on-line guestbook at www.atkinsonfeucht.com.
Please take note that the farm is not and will not be for sale; and the home is occupied.