Betty E. Henry

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XENIA Betty E. Henry, 86, was born September 6, 1926 in Hamilton, OH to a mother who died at her birth and a father who was killed soon thereafter. Betty's life has been a perfect example of the old adage, "bloom where you are planted." She, along with four older brothers and one sister, found their way from the Children's Home to various homes throughout southwest Ohio. She is survived by several nieces from that original family. When three years old, somewhat crippled by polio, she was taken by Mrs. Albert Scott to live with her and her daughter, Anna. When Anna married Freeman Gast, Betty became part of that family. To that family Marilyn Gast was born, and also to that family, a few years later, a three-year-old boy came to visit and just stayed, so now Betty had another brother and sister. As years passed, Betty became aunt to the children and grandchildren of Marilyn and Harold Hamlin and Gene and Pat Williams. This atypical family bloomed! After graduation from Ross High School, Betty became a nanny for the N.B. and Ada King family and their two daughters, Tammy and Deb. Betty's relationship to those two girls became very close. To hear them tell it, just like she was a second mother. Later Betty moved to Cincinnati and worked at Goodwill Industries for 16 years. In 2004, Betty moved to Xenia to be close to her sister, Marilyn. For seven years she lived at John Sale Manor and for the last year and a half she has been a resident of Hospitality Home East. On April 20, 2013 she took up a new permanent residence with Christ her Lord. In each of the stops in her life, in a quiet and unassuming way, she found a way of demonstrating love, developing close friendships, and making the lives of others better. In each location she found a church which strengthened her faith, gave her hope for tomorrow and a determination to serve God. SHE HAD LEARNED TO BLOOM WHERE SHE WAS PLANTED. Calling hours will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 990 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia, OH on Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. The Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be at the church on Thursday, April 25 at 11 a.m., Rev. Brian Maguire presiding. Burial arrangements are by the Charles Young Funeral Home, Ross, OH. Burial will be next to the couple who raised Betty (Freeman and Anna Gast) in the New London Cemetery at Shandon, OH at 3 p.m. on Thursday the 25th. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church or to the Shandon Congregational Church, P.O. Box 45, Shandon, OH 45063.

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