Betty Jane Burdette of Brookfield, Ohio, peacefully passed in her sleep at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019, while a patient in O’Brien’s Memorial Nursing Home, Masury, Ohio, following a period of declining health. She was 96.
Betty was born at home in Sharon, Pennsylvania on March 31, 1923, a daughter to Frank S. and Edna (Blumer) Boston.
She was a 1941 graduate of Hartford High School, where she participated on the ladie’s basketball and softball teams, earning the nickname of “Slugger”.
She met her love, Louis W. “Luke” Burdette at a dance in the Hartford Grange Hall and they married on September 12, 1942. They raised two children and would spend the next 69 years together.
During WWII, Betty worked as a Navy Certified Welder as a genuine “Rosie the Riveter”. She turned that vocation into a career having worked for companies such as: G.A.T.X., Ernest Incorporated and Howell Industries, before she officially retired.
She was a member of the Brookfield United Methodist Church.
In her spare time, she enjoyed listening to radio cooking shows, collecting cookbooks, gardening, mowing her grass and weed-whacking. She loved reading books about the Amish and thoroughly enjoyed going to garage sales, however, she had a unique way with working crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her son, Jim Burdette and wife, Judi, Brookfield; her daughter, Merriam Burdette of Palm Harbor, Florida; her grandchildren, Jamie Burdette and his wife, Molly and Melissa Kerr and her husband, Dax; her six great-grandchildren; her one great-great-grandson; her sister, Julia V. Neely of Hubbard, Ohio and her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke, who died October 12, 2011 and by her siblings, Helen Ruth Ebert, Dorothy Stone and Jim Boston.
A time of gathering to honor Betty will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove Street, Brookfield, Ohio 44403. A memorial service will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22, Brookfield, Ohio 44403.
Coordination of this tribute for Mrs. Burdette has been presented by Daniel Briceland of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC. 330-509-3135. Expressions of sympathy may be left for her family at: www.bricelandfuneralservice.com.
A television tribute will air Thursday, April 4 at the following approximate times: 6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.