Betty's Story

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Betty J. Severs, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Mishawaka.
She was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Elkhart, to Ira C. Snow and Mary M. (Burk) Ford.
She married Isaac L. Ates in 1944; they later divorced.
On Aug. 9, 1958, she married Richard W. Severs in Elkhart. He died July 4, 1987.
Survivors include daughters, Carole (Tom) Root, Roscoe, Illinois, Nancy (Richard) Borkholder, New Paris, Dixie (Tom) Russell, and Julia (John) Ellis, both of Elkhart; sons, Charles (Jan) Severs, Marietta, Georgia, Tom (Mary) Severs, Grapevine, Texas, William Ates and Robert Ates, both of Elkhart; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert Snow; sister, Kathleen Freisner; grandson, Johnny Albert; and great-granddaughter, Erika Beachy.
Betty was a former member of First United Methodist Church, Elkhart. She later attended First United Methodist Church, Goshen.
She retired from Miles Laboratory, Elkhart, where she worked in quality control and packaging.
Friends may call Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. The Rev. Terry Tyler will officiate.
Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Elkhart County Humane Society or the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 15, 2018
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