Betty Lou Honaker

September 4, 1925 - July 28, 2022
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Betty Lou (Baker) Honaker passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Brookdale Alliance. Born in Glendive, Montana, September 4, 1925, Betty Lou was the oldest daughter of Madison and Gladys (Pratt) Baker. Her sisters Ellajo Taber and Nancy Gorsuch preceded her in death.

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Betty Lou (Baker) Honaker passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Brookdale Alliance. Born in Glendive, Montana, September 4, 1925, Betty Lou was the oldest daughter of Madison and Gladys (Pratt) Baker. Her sisters Ellajo Taber and Nancy Gorsuch preceded her in death.

After Betty Lou graduated from Dawson County High School in Glendive, she worked during World War II for Western Union in Los Angeles, California. Following that, Betty Lou came east to the (University of) Mount Union College where she met Linton Honaker. They married August 24, 1947. They resided on his family farm until 1958 when they moved to New Philadelphia, Ohio. Betty Lou and Linton celebrated 59 years of marriage before his death in 2006.

Betty Lou continued her education earning a master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University. She worked at various Tuscarawas County schools, retiring in 1987 from Indian Valley Schools as the Librarian.

Betty Lou was one of the Friends of the Library of the Tuscarawas County Public Library original members and served for several years on the board and a year as President of the Friends. She was appointed to the State Library Board for five years with one year as vice-president and one as president. For several years, Betty Lou was a member of the Ohio Educational Media Association and was the North East Regional Director from 1984-1986. She is a past member of Delta Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational honorary for women educators. A member of the Tuscarawas County Chapter of Ohio Retired Teachers Association, she served as President from 1990-1992 and was the Treasurer for nearly twenty years. She was a member of Tuscarawas County College Club and the Literature and Drama small group. Betty Lou previously helped with Lifeline at Union Hospital and volunteered at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center. She was also a member of Qui Vive and a 4-H advisor for many years. With Linton, she was active in the Farm Bureau.

Betty Lou founded the First Steps to Literacy: Books for Babies Trust Fund at the Tuscarawas County Public Library to ensure each child born in the county would receive a book. Linton and she started a scholarship for education students at Walsh College (now University).

In recent years, Betty Lou was very active with the Valley Quilt Guild and Piecemakers. She stitched quilts for veterans, victims of fire, quilts to donate to Hospice and to hospitals, quilts for babies, and, of course, for all members of her family. She knit baby hats for preemies through Tiny Hugs and Kisses. Betty Lou could be seen passing out books to children at the El Dia de Los Libros and Share-a-Christmas. She also volunteered with book sales and the set-up of the Hospice Sale in August and the Tuscarawas County Public Library Friends of the Library book sale in June. Another project dear to her heart was the Valentine Project which sent children with chronic or terminal illnesses a package on Valentine’s Day. Each child and any siblings received a pillowcase, and Betty Lou sewed hundreds. Every year, Betty Lou prepared 10 shoe boxes for the Christmas shoe box project placing in each, among other items, a doll’s quilt she had made.

Betty Lou received the 2016 Sally DeSeyn Volunteer of the Year Award from the Tuscarawas County Library. In the letter of recognition, the President of the Ohio Senate wrote, “Willingly giving of your time, energy, and abilities, you have striven to better the world around you, and through your generous contributions, you have earned the respect and esteem of all who know you.” Betty Lou’s service to her community was exemplary.

An avid reader herself, Betty Lou encouraged everyone she met to share reading with others. Whenever she met someone new, she would ask if he/she had children six or younger. If the answer was yes, she would tell them about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which sends a book a month to every child until his/her sixth birthday.

Betty Lou enjoyed traveling. She and Linton visited all 50 states frequently going on Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) trips. They enjoyed learning the history, acquiring new skills, and meeting people everywhere they traveled. Betty Lou and Linton also did intergenerational trips taking grandson Dave or granddaughter Abby on trips to places that would be of interest to them. Betty Lou and Linton also visited five European countries. After Linton’s death, Betty Lou did an Ireland cruise to see the quilts of that country.

During her travels, she collected figurines with people or animals reading. With over 400 figurines, it was quite a collection. These she donated to the Tuscarawas County Public Library that they might be displayed and enjoyed by those visiting any of the county libraries.

Betty Lou is survived by her daughter, Emily Jean Honaker of Alliance, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Diana and Ron Priest, Alliance; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Sandra (Brown) Honaker of Fresno, Ohio; Robert Honaker and Monica Weekes of Sacramento, California. She is also survived by her grandchildren, David Priest of Austintown, Ohio; Abigail Honaker Schroeder (husband, Chris) of Alliance; Brennen Honaker of New York City; Matthew Honaker of Alliance; and Casey Honaker of Boston, Massachusetts. Betty Lou is survived by great-grandchildren Rosalyn Byrne, Mason Priest, and Sara Schroeder. Betty Lou has one brother-in-law, George Bell of Salem, Ohio; and two nieces: Sara Taber of Champaign, Illinois, and Rachel Taber of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and one nephew, Dr. David Taber of Mishawaka, Indiana.

The family will greet guests on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Bill Johnson will lead a celebration of Betty Lou’s life in the funeral home’s chapel at 10:30 AM. Burial alongside her husband will follow in the East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Guests are invited to join the family for a meal and fellowship in the Geib Family Center following the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty Lou’s name to one the following: Tuscarawas County Public Library, Books for Babies Trust Fund, 121 Fair Avenue, NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663; Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, Ohio 44601; The Dr. Linton R. and Betty Lou Honaker Endowed Scholarship Fund, Walsh University, 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022

Time: 9:30 am

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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022

East Avenue Cemetery

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1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Donation Information

Tuscarawas County Public Library, Books for Babies Trust Fund

121 Fair Avenue NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement

University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Avenue
Alliance, Ohio 44601

The Dr. Linton R. and Betty Lou Honaker Endowed Scholarship Fund

Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720

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Born: September 4, 1925
 
January 25, 2018
Betty Lou Honaker-Literature Drama Group of College Club presents Neil Simons “Fools”.
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Died: July 28, 2022

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Billie Weaver posted on 8/7/22

So very sorry for your loss. My prayers for the family for comfort and peace.

 

Paul and Susan Behm posted on 8/5/22

Rest in peace Betty Lou. You were a wonderful servant of the Lord. We both got to share her life during our many, many, many events, luncheons, services, quilting and too many to mention other ventures and got to share a recent trip out west to Sedona, las vegas, Utah She was such a great, loving, giving person helping others here on our earthly home. See you in our eternal home. Prayers & Love to all her friends and family.

 

Carmella Coco posted on 8/5/22

Many prayers and hugs to you in the loss of your Mother.

 

Larry W McBride posted on 8/5/22

So sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time.

 

Peg Fuellner posted on 8/2/22

I always said I wanted to have at least half of Betty Lou’s get it done energy. She made so many quilts and put her special spin on them. Going to miss you my friend. Bless you.

 

Arletta Snyder posted on 8/2/22

To family of my dear friend Betty Lou..who I first met many years ago when we both went to the YMCA Twinge swim classes. So many good memories. You are in my "thoughts and prayers". She was a wonderful, caring woman who continued to do for others right up to the end. I will miss our many phone calls when we no longer could get out to see each other. Love to you all. Arletta

 

Becky Horn posted on 8/1/22

Deepest sympathy for your loss. Betty Lou certainly lived life to the fullest.

 

Shelia (Sizemore) Trachsel posted on 8/1/22

So sorry to hear this. I remember her from high school and the wonderful work she did with the children at Indian Valley.

 

VK Ziegler posted on 8/1/22

I cherish having met and known Betty Lou through scrapbooking at the home of her daughter Diana with her family members and others through the past 17 years. Her beautiful quilts and love of books are part of the those memories as well, and her family to which she was so devoted. Such a wonderful lady, wife, mother and grandmother whose faith and love were evident throughout her life!

 

Jan Fasone posted on 7/31/22

So sorry for your loss. Thank goodness for memories.

 

Robin Ebert Smitley posted on 7/31/22

A great lady! She was a librarian at IVN where I graduated from! Going to the library was always a fun experience when she was there!

 

Colleen Connor posted on 7/31/22

Betty Lou was a wonderful lady and a great travel partner. She will definitely be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

 

Phyllis Markworth posted on 7/31/22

A privilege and a blessing to have known Betty Lou…Our time together in the College Club literary and drama group was very rewarding.

 

Casey Rupe posted on 7/31/22

Glen and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many fond memories of your mom.

 

Jane Bennett posted on 7/31/22

Bettylou was always a ray of sunshine in my life. I appreciate all her talent and wisdom she shared with me over the years. Hope we meet again in the sewing section of heaven. Thank you, Bettylou. Love, Jane

 

Jane A. Gingrich posted on 7/31/22

My condolences to the family of Betty Lou. I knew Betty Lou through Quilt Guild. She was an inspiration to many of us. Even when she was in rehab, she organized a group to cut & assemble quilt squares. She was a treasure & will be missed.

 

Molly Hall posted on 7/30/22

Mrs. Honacker was my librarian at Indian Valley North. She was always so sweet and had a great deal of patience. Her obituary indicates she lived an extraordinary life! Richard, Sandy, Abby, Matthew and the rest of the family, you are in my thoughts. Rest in peace Mrs. Honacker.

 

Jody Koenigseker posted on 7/30/22

Betty Lou was amazing; someone I wish I had known better and longer. She has certainly left a beautiful legacy behind: family, friends, books, quilts, caps and more. You have my sincere condolences.

 

Carol and Ken Huprich posted on 7/30/22

A generous and caring soul. Cherish your memories.

 

Rick A. Frizzell posted on 7/30/22

A Life Well lived, my deepest condolences!

 

Rusty Funkhouser posted on 7/30/22

I was sorry to see this. Your mom was great. I got to know her when we moved to New Philly and my dad and your dad reconnected - they graduated from Alliance and MUC together. And I ended up graduating with Rob. I’ll be praying for your whole family.

 

Shelly Snyder (Crawford) posted on 7/30/22

Mrs Honaker was a sweet lady. She was always so kind when I would stop in the library at Indian Valley North HS. So sorry for your loss.

 

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