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Bettie Carpenter

February 11, 1927 October 2, 2012
Bettie Carpenter
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Bettie B. Carpenter, 85, beloved wife, mom, grandma, great-gramma, and friend died peacefully surrounded by loving family on October 2, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Waynesburg, PA after being in failing health for the past several years.She was born February 11, 1927 in Glen Easton, W.Va. a daughter of the late William Benton and Lena May Gatrell Blake and was a 1945 graduate of the former Richhill Twp. High School in Wind Ridge. On September 30, 1946, she married S. Burdette Carpenter who died April 18, 2005. She was a resident of Center Twp. all of her married life.Bettie was very active in the community throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the Rogersville United Methodist Church where she taught the Good Cheer Bible Class for over 40 years (as long as her health permitted), served as a representative to the Charge Conference multiple times and was a member of the United Methodist Women and the church choir, a volunteer with the vacation Bible school and enjoyed attending Bible studies, revivals and other social gatherings at the church.Mrs. Carpenter was also an active member of the former Greene County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (including President for many years), a member of the former Waynesburg Elks Lodge, a member of the Lions Club and a member of Harvey's Grange.She was a former tax assessor and served as a judge of elections, both in Center Twp. and also served as an officer in the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees. She worked at the former Cameron WV pottery before her marriage, then worked in various capacities on the family farm and at the former Dairy Delite in Waynesburg until her youngest daughter was born in 1962. She operated the Carpenter family dairy thereafter until her retirement in 1980.Mrs. Carpenter and her late husband enjoyed attending sales and auctions, musical events, square dances, traveling and playing card games (especially cinch) with their many friends. In later years, she became an avid reader. Her ever-present smile, character and wit will sorely be missed by many.Bettie is survived by four children: John, husband of Holly Carpenter, Linda, wife of Tad Klaner, Kevin, husband of Armina Carpenter, and Peggy Carpenter; granddaughters Heather Klaner-Wilson, Tiffany, wife of Thomas Hart, Angie, wife of Luke VanDyne and Jessica L. (JL) Carpenter; grandsons Jason, husband of Melissa Carpenter, Todd, husband of Erin Klaner, Justin, husband of Jessica Carpenter, and Glenn Klaner; great granddaughters Sydknee Carpenter, Kaylen Wilson, Mackenzie Carpenter, Lexie VanDyne, Teagan Klaner and Ealyn Klaner; great grandsons Ian VanDyne and Mason Carpenter; and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.Deceased in addition to her parents and husband are a son, Donald Carpenter; a brother, George A. Blake and a sister, Allie Sampson. She was the last of her immediate family.The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Rogersville United Methodist Church, PO Box 315, Rogersville, Pa. 15359.

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