PIQUA - Betty L. Brubaker, 92, of 519 N. Wayne St., Piqua, died at 6:52 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Piqua Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 17, 1921, in Dayton to the late Harley and Ethel (Taylor) Maier. She married Charles E. "Chuck" Brubaker on Jan. 2, 1943, to begin a devoted marriage that would span over 65 years; he preceded her in death Aug. 24, 2008.
Survivors include two daughters, Cristina Carol "Cris" Brubaker of Piqua, Brenda Su Brubaker (Chris Gramlich) of Whiterock, British Columbia; three sons, Charles Edward "Chip" (Joyce) Brubaker Jr. of Luling, Texas, Bretten Maier "Brett" Brubaker of Harborside, Maine, Blair Heilman (Vicki) Brubaker of Troy; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a beloved daughter, Cheryl An Brubaker, and granddaughter, Shelly Martin.
Betty was a 1939 graduate of Piqua Central High School, worked at Lear Avia during World War II, and then became the first female school bus driver for Springcreek Township and the Piqua City School District. She was active with Parent Teacher Organizations, Girl Scout and Brownie Troops as a leader in addition to being a Cub Scout Leader. She was active with the YWCA of Piqua having served on its board of directors, the Miami County YMCA, a volunteer for the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, and a charter member of the Tecumseh Woods Swim Club. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for more than 70 years, where she enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher and a member of the church choir.
A service to celebrate her life as well as that of her husband Chuck will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kazy Blocher Hinds officiating. The family will receive friends at the Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service. Private interment will be in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, 1306 Garbry Rd., Piqua, OH 45356, the Piqua Community Foundation, 126 W. High St., P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356, or ones favorite charity. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com