March 1, 2024

Betty Ash, 90, of Syracuse

Betty Ash, 90, of Syracuse, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus at her home on January 19, 2022, after an extended illness. Betty was born on August 3, 1931 to Thelma and Edward Hawley who preceded her in death.

She is also preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband Dick Ash; his parents Pearl and Mary Jane Ash, brother Jim Hawley, sister Sharon Johnson, brothers-in-law, Don Dailey, Mick Miller and Larry Bailey.

She is survived by two sons, Rick (Diana) Ash, Mick (Anita) Ash; three daughters, Demaris Bradford, Tonia (David) Price, Sonia (Tony Hawk) Hornbeck; grandchildren Cara (David) Kight, Carissa (Tim Faulk) Collins, Michael (Mandi) Ash, Matthew (Courtney) Ash, Shauna (Esau) Bueno, Lindsey (Johnny Snyder) Crawford, Alex (Hannah) Hornbeck, Abby Hornbeck, sisters Margie Dailey and Elaine Miller, cousins Mary Donna Davis, Jimmy Hemsley, and Rollie Hemsley, many nieces and nephews, and special niece and nephew, Kristen and Rod Roush. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. 

Betty grew up in Minersville and was a graduate of Pomeroy High School and the Holzer School of Nursing. She worked two years as a nurse and married Dick on September 20, 1952. She became a homemaker to her loving family and made Syracuse her home for 66 years. She was well-loved in her small town. There was always a hot breakfast for her children before school and a family meal when her husband got home from work. Betty was the Matriarch of her family, and she will be missed dearly. Betty was very dedicated to her grand-children and great-grandchildren.  She always provided a loving and warm home for her family.   

She trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was a member of the Syracuse Asbury United Methodist Church. She was a staple of the church and she thought of the congregation as her family. Dick and Betty served in several capacities in their church. When Dick passed, she took over for him as the teacher of the adult Sunday School Class and was the treasurer for several years. She shared the gospel and witnessed to anyone that would listen. She was a very giving person and couldn’t go anywhere without giving money to those she felt was in need. She supported St. Jude Hospital for Children, Wounded Warriors, Christian television for many years as well as various missions.

The family would like to thank the Holzer Meigs Branch Dr. Scott Smith, Vickie Roush, and his nurses.  Special thanks to Hospice Amedisys for their compassionate care.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with funeral services at 1 p.m. with her friend and Pastor Wesley Thoene officiating at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy.  Burial will follow at Gilmore Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband.