Betty E. (Swinehart) Starkey

November 4, 1923 ~ October 30, 2021 (age 97)


Betty E. Starkey, 97, of Somerset, Ohio, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Betty was born on November 4, 1923, in Somerset, Ohio, the daughter of Burl K. and Ethel Ann (Weaver) Swinehart. She was a devoted Christian with great faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, always remembering birthdays. She was always working to make sure her childrens lives were better than she perceived her childhood to be. In addition to working outside the home, she loved keeping her home immaculate. After her children were grown, she was active in the community, working on the Historical Society and seeing that the elderly living alone in Somerset, had transportation to medical appointments, groceries and utilities. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard D. Starkey; all of her brothers and sisters, Ralph Swinehart, Robert Swinehart, Pauline Kessler, Pearl Goddard and a special aunt and uncle, Clyde and Blanche (Weaver) Woodyard. She is survived by her children, Richard “Doug” Starkey, Jeanne C. Bralley and Vincent “Greg” (Renee’) Starkey; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. The family would like to express a special thanks for the care provided by Interim Healthcare Hospice, Zanesville, Ohio. In keeping with her wishes, a caring cremation will take place. A private family graveside memorial service for her and her husband, Richard D. Starkey, will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerset Cemetery, P.O. Box 188, Somerset, Ohio 43783. Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset is entrusted with the arrangements.

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