Betty Newberry (Kern) Mercer (1924 - 2016)

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Betty J. Newberry Mercer, 92, of Vandalia, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center in Columbia.
Services will be held at noon on Wednesday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery in rural Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Donor's choice. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mrs. Mercer was born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Seminary Township, Fayette County, the daughter of Lawrence and Maude (Benefiel) Kern. She married Paul W. Newberry on July 15, 1946; he preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 1971. She married Chester Mercer on Nov. 17, 1973; he preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 2006.
Betty was a member of the Pittsburg Free Methodist Church in rural Vandalia.
She is survived by sons, Paul Newberry and his wife Jean of St. Louis, Mo., and Joseph Newberry and his wife Dawn of Rushville, Mo.; stepchildren, Larry Mercer, Terry Mercer, Sherri Olmstead and Kari Conger; grandchildren, Lori Woodcock and Bradley Newberry; 11 stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; brothers, Ernest, Bill, Floyd, Lloyd, Dale and Calvin Kern; and sisters, Hazel Hall, Edith Knebel, Eleanor Bearden, Rotha Dothager and Marie Dothager.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, 2016