Betty J. Clark passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Ambassador Healthcare after a brief illness. Betty was born on October 2, 1932 in Danville , KY., to William and AnnaMarie Benge. Betty grew up in Richmond and lived there until she met and married John R. Clark, Sr. in 1965. At that time they moved to Hollansburg, OH, and lived there until 1992, when they returned to Richmond.
Betty loved all sports and was a great fan of Tri-Village basketball, volleyball and cross country during the years her kids competed, and then Northeastern cross country where her grandsons competed, but her passion was volleyball. She started playing when she was 40 years old, and her love of volleyball led her to coaching and officiating. She officiated for schools in Ohio and Indiana, and she officiated for the Richmond Parks Department for many years. She participated in several Senior Olympics as both player and coach.
Betty will be greatly missed by her daughter, Johna (Terry) Yandl of Fountain City and by her son, John (Ana) Clark of Sacramento, CA. Betty is also survived by her first husband, Wendell Personette and will be missed by their children, Deborah Personette,and MaryAnn Spillman both of Florence, KY, Marc (Marie) Personette of Richmond, IN, Teresa (Carl) Adams of Niles, MI, David Personette of Lakeland, FL, and Kelley Personette of Leesburg, FL, brothers James (Angel)Benge and Arthur(Debby) Benge, sisters, Effie Kemper, Stella (Ron) Lawhorn, and Naomi McDaniel, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and her poodle Charlie.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John R. Clark, Sr. who died March 16, 2001, her son Jeff Personette, step-daughter Debi Johnson, granddaughter, Nicole Abernathy, brothers, William and John Benge and sisters, Frances Hammond, Katherine Ramsey, Omie Hollingsworth, Nancy McCoy and Helen Pugh Cowan. Visitation for Betty J. Clark will be from 11-1 on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Smith McQuiston Funeral Home, Fountain City. The funeral service will follow at 1 pm with Pastor Paul Nichols officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northeastern Cross Country team.