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Official Obituary of

Barbara Jean (Keller) Bettes

February 23, 1952 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Barbara Bettes Obituary

Barbara Jean Bettes, 72, of Norton, Ohio passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024 with her husband and son by her side.

Barb was born in Akron, Ohio on February 23, 1952 to Andrew and Lois Marie (Ball) Keller.

The story of Barb and her husband of 52 years, Joe, is one that has been often shared and always with smiles. When somewhere around seven or eight years old, they both had climbed the same apple tree where they talked and became childhood friends. As adults, that friendship grew into a lifelong love. They wed on September 25, 1971. They moved to Norton in 1978.

Barb graduated from Garfield High School, Akron. She worked briefly at the Akron Credit Bureau. However, she and Joe agreed that they both preferred that she devote herself to being a homemaker. And she was a wonderful homemaker! She handled all the household duties, from financial accounting to cooking delicious meals. Her husband and her son wanted for nothing. They both feel blessed to have had Barb in their lives. Along with all her hard household work, Barb home-schooled her only child, Mike.

She was an avid reader. Barb was a needlepoint, cross-stitching artist. She also would grow herbs to use in her great home-cooking.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Joseph, son Michael Steven and sister Jan (Dave) Shoemaker. She will be dearly missed by her family and also by her many friends.

She was much like the virtuous woman described in the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31: “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life…. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.”

As per Barb’s request, she has been cremated. A ‘Celebration of Life’ service will be arranged at a future date.

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