Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Best Friend Betty H. Champion, age 86, of North East, passed away on Saturday December 1, 2012 at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Betty was born on May 27, 1926, a daughter of the late Herman and Helen Thrasher Pertz. Betty was raised in Oil City and graduated from Oil City High School. She worked as a clerk for the J. C. Penny Co. for more than 23 years before retiring. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James R. Champion and a son Dennis Lee Champion, also an infant sister (Jo Anne) who died at birth and a brother, Bill Pertz who lived in Ohio. Betty is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Pollard and husband Fred, with whom she lived with in North East. A granddaughter, Lisa A. Winstead and her husband Mark of Oxford, Ohio. A grandson, Fred Pollard Jr. and his partner Michelle Banaag of North East. A special great-granddaughter, Ashton Elizabeth Pollard of North East. A sister, Judy Walters of Ouaquaga, N.Y. whom she was very close to and a brother, Don Pertz and his wife Becky of Oil City and also many nieces and nephews in Pa., N.Y., and Ohio. Some of Betty's favorite things were working in her rose garden, sitting on the deck and doing her crossword puzzles and taking care of her cats-which included, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lucky was the stray cat that ended up on her door step. The family is very grateful to the staff at Presque Isle for their thoughtfulness and support and care of Betty. Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake St. North East on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 till time of funeral services at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. And are invited to attend graveside on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Emlenton Cemetery, Emlenton, Pa. Memorials may be made to Anna Shelter, 1555 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16511 or Because you Care, Box 54 McKean, PA 16426.