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Betty Lou Schoolcraft

December 27, 1928 - August 22, 2019

Burial Date August 25, 2019

Friends may call at Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton Street, Gassaway, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 6 to 9 P.M.  Graveside service will be 11 A.M. Monday, August 26, 2019 in the Schoolcraft Cemetery at Tague with Bob Paintiff officiating.

Words of comfort and memories may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

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Betty Lou Schoolcraft, age 90, passed from this life on Thursday, August 22, 2019, surrounded by family at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, the result of a brain hematoma.  Betty was born December 27, 1928, in Widen, the daughter of the late Harvey Martin Turner and Lakie Taylor Turner.  Her husband of 63 years, Walter “Doc” Schoolcraft, also preceded her in death.  Betty retired from General Motors in Ohio and returned to her beloved West Virginia, where she devoted her time to her many interests—gardening, canning, quilting, rug making on her antique loom, and caring for her family.  She loved feeding hummingbirds.  Her chickens were pets who followed her dutifully, and she always had cats and dogs.  She enjoyed helping out at the Rosedale Senior Center, and her family and friends will genuinely miss her homemade apple butter.

Betty was a very hard worker all her life.  She continued to work in her garden, and she canned tomatoes on the day that she became ill.  She was independent, self-reliant, strong, always busy, and selflessly tended to the needs of others.  She learned these traits at a young age since she was an orphan by age seven and lived with her maternal grandparents, who also passed away by her teenage years.  From there, her maternal aunt, Lessie Adams, cared for her.  In return, Betty took care of Lessie during her aged years.  Betty also nursed her sister-in-law, Annie Stout, and her husband, Doc, in their final days.

For many years, Betty opened her home to family for an annual reunion and worked for days to prepare for this.  Only recently did she relinquish the reunion to her nephew, Don, as the task became too much for her.

Betty touched so many lives and will be sorely missed by family and friends.  She was kind to everyone.  Those who knew her well could probably tell of a favorite dish she prepared.  The week-long vigil of saying goodbye was heart wrenching for the family, yet they take comfort in the thought of her precious reunion with Doc.  The family will hold fast to cherished memories and attempt to walk in the footsteps of her good example until their own sweet reunion with her.

Betty is survived by her cherished and devoted son, David Schoolcraft, and fiancée, Annyon Thompson; one brother, Sam Turner of Massillon, Ohio; brother-in-law, Virgil White; sister-in-law, Lillie Paintiff; many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly, some of whom thought of her as a second mother.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Mary Helen Pullen, John Turner, Maxine Woeltz, Ruth Morgan and Pearl White; by half siblings, Grace and Ordie, who died as infants, Pauline Lewin, Bess Lake and their spouses.

Friends may call at Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton Street, Gassaway, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 6 to 9 P.M.  Graveside service will be 11 A.M. Monday, August 26, 2019 in the Schoolcraft Cemetery at Tague with Bob Paintiff officiating.

Words of comfort and memories may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.