GOMER, OH: Betty Lou (Conrad) Watkins, 86, passed away at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health System. She was born in Monroe Township, Allen County, Ohio near Cairo on February 8, 1928 to Frank and Elva Mae (Long) Conrad who preceded her in death. On January 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to Willard D. Watkins. He preceded her in death on October 22, 2012.
Betty was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, Class of 1946. She was also a graduate of Fredericks Beauty Academy, Class of 1947. She served as a part-time postal clerk for 32 years at the Post Office in Gomer, OH. She was a member of Gomer Congregational Church serving as a Deaconess for two terms and financial Secretary for one term. She served as secretary of the Allen County Chapter of the Genealogical Society; holder of three first family of Allen County certificates. Betty volunteered at the Allen County Museum Library. She enjoyed doing genealogy, crossword puzzles and country music.
She is survived by one son, Willard Rodney (Nancy) Watkins, Gomer, OH; three daughters, Diana Barnt, Gomer, OH, Mary Jane (Keaton) Vandemark, Spring Hope, N.C., Sue (Jay) Grusenmeyer, Lima, OH; eight grandsons, Trevor (Angie) Vandemark, Tyler (Boots) Vandemark, and Dean (Christina) Vandemark, all of Spring Home, N.C., Cory Barnt and Jon Grusenmeyer, both of Columbus, OH, Tod Grusenmeyer, New Orleans, L.A., and Ethan (Amberly) and Travis Watkins, both of Gomer; five great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; and one special niece Donelda M. Conrad.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, Delmar, Virgil and Donald Conrad; two sisters, Edna Francis and Mabel Everett.
Funeral services will be held at Gomer Congregational Church, Gomer, OH on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with calling hours one hour prior to services. Pastor Jeff Frantz will officiate and burial will follow in Tawelfan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gomer Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio, c/o Mary Alger, 4430 Ridge Road, Elida, OH 45807 or Gomer Congregational Church, 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, OH 45809.