Betty Jane Troyer, 86, Elida and formerly of Wauseon, died Jan. 5, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
Born Nov. 6, 1925, she was a daughter of Harry and Viola (Yedica) Sauder. She married J. Leonard Troyer on Aug. 4, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 1995.
Betty was a 1943 graduate of Pettisville High School. After high school she worked as a secretary at the Short Furniture store in Archbold, until she married her husband and moved to Elida, where they raised their family.
She and her family became members of the Jefferson St. Mission Church, Lima, and later joined the Central Mennonite Church in Elida. They were members until its closing in 1974.
At that time, she and her family became and remained members of the Salem Mennonite Church, Elida.
She was past-president of Women’s Missionary Service Committee, and a member of the WMSC quilting group.
She loved quilting, traveling, cooking, and had a gift of hospitality.
Survivors include five children, Beverly A. (Robert) Hendricks, Telford, Pa.; Yvonne A. (Steve) Mallery, Guilford, Vt.; Max L. (Janet) Troyer, Harrison, Va.; Jon S. (Cheryl) Troyer, Elida; and Craig L. (Cindi) Troyer, Elida.
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren: Joshua, Sarah, Shane, Adam, and Jessica Troyer; Marc, Charlinda, and John Hendricks; Stephanie, Rob, and Derek Mallery; Michele (Stephen) Sarine; Elisa, Marta, Austin, and Andrea Troyer; Isaac, Andrew, and Eden Troyer; a great-granddaughter, Addison Sarine; and a brother-in-law, Dale Gautsche, Archbold.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters, LeAnna Gautsche and Donna (Allen) Gnagey.
A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Salem Mennonite Church, Lima, with Rev. Paula Snyder Belousek officiating. Interment was in the Salem Mennonite Cemetery, Elida.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to Salem Mennonite Church, the Mennonite Central Committee, or St. Rita’s Hospice.
The Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Shawnee Chapel, 1170 Shawnee Road, Lima, OH 45805, was entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.chiles-laman fh.com.