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Betty Bee McSurley

December 19, 1928 October 30, 2017
Betty Bee McSurley
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Obituary for Betty Bee McSurley

Betty Bee McSurley, age 88, of Whitehouse, OH, passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth Scott Community on Monday, October 30. Betty was born in Elkhorn City, Kentucky to Butler and Daisy Potter on December 19th, 1928 as the 7th of ten children. She married Johnie McSurley on in 1945 in Pikeville, KY, and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1947.
In 1952, Betty and Johnie moved to Ohio, settling in Whitehouse where they raised their family. Betty worked for Johns-Manville for some time prior to working in the family business - McSurley TV & Appliance in Waterville, founded in 1953.
Betty was known for her faith in the Lord and her devotion to others. Her outgoing personality, thorough knowledge of The Bible, and story-telling ability allowed her to positively influence people of all ages. Throughout the 1960s, she was an active member of the Waterville Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school to children and adults. Betty hosted as many as 50 people of the Good News Club, in her home as well as others from various local churches of different denominations. In addition to her involvement with those of faith, she also reached out to boys from the Sunshine Boys Detention Center near Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Betty, along with her husband John were founders of Providence Fellowship Church in Grand Rapids. Betty served as president of the Women’s AGLOW fellowship of Toledo. She also hosted the weekly radio program “AGLOW with The Spirit” on WJYM radio. She also served as leader for the 4-H Club and crocheted as a hobby; she gifted numerous quilts and afghans to her family and friends over the years.
In addition to her hobbies and activities, Betty and her husband John gained local notoriety in the early 1960s when they were passengers on the 1st International Flight out of Toledo Express Airport on a British Overseas Airway Carrier (BOAC) Jumbo Jet; an account of which appeared in an edition of the Toledo Blade newspaper.
Betty is the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Richard Potter; a known local distiller and “herb doctor”, he was one of the first pioneers to settle in The Breaks Canyon area, which now makes up The Breaks Interstate Park, bordering Kentucky and Virginia. As a direct descendent of Richard Potter, Betty has a memorial bench at the park in her name.
She is preceded in death by her parents Butler and Daisy, and all of their 8 other children: Elmer, Delbert, Bart, Ruby, Hazel, Vernice, Earl Walter, Reva Jeanette and Bobby Ray; Betty will also be greeted in Heaven by her baby daughter Sandra Faye.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years John and their five children: John Michael (Betty), Deborah (Neal), Robin (Beth), Rachel (Earnie) and Patrick. Also, her grandchildren: Fred, Stephanie, Jacob, Ryan, Oliver, Aaron, Joshua, Jana, Melissa, Terry, Scott, Amy, and great grandchildren Lilli, Nova, Coen, Finleigh, Blythe, Alexis, Avery, Jackson, Blake, Hope, Nicholas, Mackenzie and Ty.
Visitation will be at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home 6603 Providence St., Whitehouse, Ohio on Thursday November 2, 2017 from 11am to 12 noon. Services will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be at New Belleville Ridge Cemetery near Perrysburg, Ohio. Memorial contributions are encouraged to Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute
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