Betty Faith (Strecker) Geiger (1920 - 2013)

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Betty Faith (Strecker) Geiger, age 92, of rural Green Springs died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the Bellevue Care Center. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Born Betty Faith Strecker on Dec. 9, 1920, in Bellevue, Mrs. Geiger was the daughter of the late Clifford and Faith (Gardner) Strecker. She graduated from Bellevue High School, where she was a member of the BHS Marching Band, and worked as a telephone operator before marrying John L. Geiger. The couple resided until 1975 in Bellevue, where Mr. Geiger worked for 37 years as a railroad conductor with the Nickel Plate and Norfolk & Western railroads. Between them they bore four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Her family will most remember Betty for her kind, loving and pleasant nature. While often unassuming and quiet, she possessed a deep intelligence and practical wisdom; hers was always the voice of sanity and fairness. No-one has ever had a negative word to say about Betty Geiger. She greeted life with a smile, and continued smiling even in the pain of her final days.

A classic homemaker of her era, Betty kept a spotless house and was a skilled cook. Each year she canned a basement full of homegrown food, and meals were always on time, balanced and delicious. The Geigers' membership in the Mad River Rovers camping club and annual vacations in the north woods left her four children with an enduring love of the outdoors. She was also an avid square dancer for many years.

Betty is survived by her children Dennis Geiger, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Steven and Sue (Hill) Geiger, of Clyde, Ohio, Cathlene Boring, of Murphy, N.C., and Chris Geiger and Madeleine Dunphy, of Oakland, Calif.; by her grandchildren Lucas Geiger, Matthew Geiger, Lori (Geiger) VanHoose, Troy Adams, and Gwendolyn Geiger; and by her great-grandchildren, Ethan VanHoose, Payton VanHoose, and Anderson Geiger.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her brothers, Myron Strecker and Dale Strecker.

At her request, her body has been donated to science. A family memorial was held in her honor.
Published in The Bellevue Gazette on Nov. 5, 2013