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Betty L (Drake) Smith

October 10, 1936 ~ October 13, 2021 (age 85)


Betty L. Smith, age 85, long time resident of Lena, OH passed away on October 13, 2021 at 7:35 p.m. in her residence, surrounded by her son Carl and daughter Mindy.

Betty was born on October 10, 1936 to the late Sherman and Lenora Drake in Pennsylvania.

Betty married William B. Smith in 1954 and they raised five children, four of whom survive:  Mindy K. (Donnie) Anderson, Jeffrey S. (Lori) Smith, David L. (Shelly) Smith and Carl W. Smith.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kristopher, Kevin, and Jenny Anderson, Ryan and Tara Smith, Bill Smith and Mindy Smith, great grand children, Kayli Smith, Noah Smith, CJ Lankford, Finleigh Anderson, Sloane Anderson, Charlee Anderson, Connor and Olivia Lee, and several step great grandchildren.

Betty came from a large family of nine brothers and sisters and eight step brothers and sisters:  Surviving are a sister, Ida Fiew, and brothers Sherman and Ralph Drake.  She has many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, William B. Smith, Jr, brothers Richard, Eugene, Franklin and Bob Drake, and sisters Rose Daffner and Geneva Weyand.

Betty retired after 30 years of employment from Sunoco Products in Piqua, OH (formerly the Container Corporation) where she had many close friends. She served as union president and head of workers compensation for her co-workers. 

Betty enjoyed her life by putting God first, then family and friends.  She taught her children to love and respect others and gave them a strong work ethic.  She loved the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, and accepting hardship, as a pathway to peace was how Betty lived. 

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1:00 PM. To 4:00 PM at The Kirk Lane Venue, 430 Kirk Lane, Troy, Ohio 45373.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 31 W. Whipp Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459.

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Celebration of Life
November 13, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Kirk Lane Venue
430 Kirk Lane
Troy, OH 45373

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