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Betty J. Clark

    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.

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I was so sad to find this.  My deepest sympathies to your family.  From my encounters with Betty, I will always remember her as a wonderful non-nonsense strong woman, with a soft heart of gold inside.

Ike Means Nov 25 2011 12:00 AM

I will miss u oma.  It was so much fun looking at all your jewelry this past summer.  If you see my grandpa don tell him i miss him so much

lilyjean meyer Nov 23 2011 12:00 AM

Johna, I am so sorry to hear about your mother.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.  This loss you are feeling will ease over time, but at any given moment as time goes by don''t be hesistant to hold back the tears.  She will live forever in your hearts!  May god bless you and your family! Lots of love & hugs!!

Kathy (Jenkins) Muse Nov 23 2011 12:00 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. Tanya Martin Daughter of Gene and Betty Walter.

Tanya Martin Nov 22 2011 12:00 AM

To all the family of Betty: Words cannot express my sympathy to you, for your loss. Betty was a very special person. Betty had a true love for life, and all it had to offer. She was never afraid of much, looked the world in the eye, and didn't back down!! I admired her greatly, and I can truly say that Betty Jean was the BEST friend I have ever had!! I will miss her until the day I, too, am beyond the sunset. Love to all, Florence, and Ed Jones

Florence M. Jones Nov 22 2011 12:00 AM

To the family of Betty, I am so sorry for your loss.  I knew Betty thru volleyball, she was teaching a clinic and I took my daughter to see her as Kristen loved volleyball. Kristen wasn't old enough by almost 2 years of being able to join, but Betty let her as she was so passionate about it at such a young age. Kristen played all through jr high and high school and did Optimist and club ball, and whenever we saw Betty, she always made a point of coming up to Kristen and saying "how's it going Little Bit".  Kristen and I will remember her with very fond memories, she was so good to all the kids.

Melanie Falcone Nov 22 2011 12:00 AM

"Hey Clark, you got my weebles?" ... We''ll miss you Grandma.

Matthew Spillman Nov 22 2011 12:00 AM

I am very sorry for your loss of Betty. Although I did not know her, I can tell that she was a very special person and was loved by many. We all need true words of comfort when we lose a loved one and the Bible's words give that comfort. John 5:28,29 states that there will be a resurrection. Jesus proved that he has that power by having brought many back to life again while he was on earth. At Revelation 21:4,5 Almighty God, Jehovah assures us that He will end pain, tears, death and sorrow. May you be comforted as you put faith in the promises of our loving Creator.

J. Ferguson Nov 21 2011 12:00 AM

Johna & John,

I am so sorry to hear about your Mother you are in my thoughts
and prayers.

Jo Anne and Gene

Jo Anne Richards Stocksdale Nov 20 2011 12:00 AM

Aunt Lee...we are SO SORRY for your loss. You and mother had such a close bond. Thank you, so very much, for being there for her, at any hour. She loved you so. So many lost loved ones, so quickly. Our prayers,, gratitude and above all..our love. "Percys''" brood.

Maryann Personette Spillman Nov 20 2011 12:00 AM

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