Mother of Sunbury Woman
Betty Maxine Caudill Strouth
Betty Maxine Caudill Strouth passed away at Ravenna Good Samaritan on March 17, 2013.
Betty Jean and Wilma Maxine, twins, were born on December 23, 1934, to 16-year-old, Hazel V. (Ervine) and her husband, Elwood Alonzo Caudill, in a cabin without electricity or running water in the mountains of Kentucky. The doctor came on horseback and declared the twins would be dead by morning. Hazel warmed the babies by the coal-burning stove, using an eye dropper to feed the premature infants. Wilma died 11 days later. Elwood decided that Betty would take her sister's middle name.
Betty Maxine was a fragile child, but Hazel taught her to live with grace and eloquence. Following graduation with honors from Big Walnut High School, Sunbury, 1953, she married Richard Eugene Strouth. Six children were born to this union. Betty trained as a nurse and worked many years with the deaf.
She was fluent in American Sign Language and often noted that there are no secrets in a deaf nursing care facility. She later worked at and retired from Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, where she made many lifelong friends, whose support she cherished throughout her life. Her dedication to nursing and helping others inspired her two daughters - Beth and Connie - to become nurses as well. Upon retirement, she selflessly cared for her aging parents, allowing them to stay in their home. Betty expressed her artistic soul through quilting. Her color palates are breathtaking and she took great pride in filling people's lives with light. Her language was as colorful as her quilts.
An educated woman, she had a gift for metaphor and colloquiums reminiscent of her beloved Uncle John DeVol. Rick, Jeffrey, Susie and Jimmy embraced this penchant for funny little sayings and her love of storytelling. She was a brilliant pie maker with apple being her hallmark. She passed this on to her children, patiently tutoring the making of the perfect crust. Connie and Jeffrey exceeded at this, however, Bethy lags but will continue to try. Betty was a master Candyland player and spent many hours in fierce battle down the Rainbow Path to reach the Candy Castle with Emily, her granddaughter. She doted on Katie, sewing her beautiful calico dresses. Betty was wise, funny and brave. She cursed like her Dad, but would hand over her last dollar to someone in need. She was well liked by all who knew her. She will be sadly missed and will remain loved dearly by her daughters especially, an inspiration and role model to many.
Betty moved to Ravenna, Nebraska, several years ago to be near her daughter, Connie Ripp, and her family. She made many friends and always displayed her independence and spunk.
She is survived by her children, Richard Eugene Jr. (Cheryl) of Cleveland, Ohio, Constance (Steve Ripp) of Ravenna, Nebraska, Elizabeth (Phil Bryant) of Sunbury, and James Elwood (Denine) of Athens, Ohio; nine grandchildren; Megan Stephens, Brent (Melissa) Strouth, Joseph (Jennifer) Strouth, Chancy Rogers, David and Catherine Ripp, William and Emily Bryant, and Katherine Strouth, three great-grandchildren; Sienna, Evelyn, and just recently, Amiana.
She is preceded in death by her husband, two children, Jeffrey Allen and Susan Jean, and her parents, and a grandson in service in Afghanistan, Sgt. David Alexander Stephens. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date in Galena. Memorials may be designated for breast and cervical cancer screening or charity of your choice.