Obituary of Betty Irene Pettiford
Betty Irene Pettiford, daughter of Taylor Albert and Maude Bell (Hornaday) Huff, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at The Waters of Muncie. She was 90 years old.
Betty was born on September 17, 1928, in Marion and was a lifelong resident of Grant County. She graduated from Marion High School in 1946 and attended beauty college. She married her loving husband, Quentin H. Pettiford, on August 24, 1947, and they shared 52 years together before he preceded her in death on July 12, 2000.
For 23 years, Betty was an educational assistant with Marion Community Schools. In her earlier years, she was a leader for both the Girl Scouts and Brownies. She served on the Board of YWCA and was Vice-Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society for five years.
Betty was actively involved at her church at Bethel AME, where she was a member, Past President of the church choir, Past President of Bethel AME Church Delores Kennedy Williams Missionary Society for over 20 years, and member of the Lay Organization and holds the office of Chaplain.
She was a past member of the Fraternal Order of Police Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as Past Secretary of the Republican Central Committee and the Black Republicans. Betty was recognized as a 1996 Tribute to Women honoree.
Betty will be remembered for how much she loved the Lord with all of her heart and served Him faithfully inside and outside the church. Her life gave witness of Christ to everyone she met.
She is survived by her children: Joyce Coleman, Marion; Quentin (Linda) Pettiford, Muncie; Carlos A. (Pamela) Pettiford, Indianapolis; Marsha A. (James) Morgan, Marion; Dewayne (Kim) Pettiford, Muncie; and Karen I. Terry, Marion; 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Danny Terry, and brother, Buster Huff.
The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.
A funeral service to celebrate Betty’s life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019, with additional visitation one hour prior to the service, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 324 W. 10th St., Marion, IN. Pastor Gregory Bonds and Pastor Mallory Terrance will be co-officiating with burial following at Grant Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
Internment location: Section A, Lot 869, Space 4-A
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