Betty Zickafoose, 77

Betty Lucille Zickafoose, age 77, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away early Wednesday morning, March 4, 2009, at the home of her daughter Marsha in Howe, Ind.

She was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Cecil, Ohio, Paulding County, a daughter of the late Nathan Ray and Bertha (Ballinger) Smith.

Betty had resided in Sturgis since 1953, coming from LaGrange, Ind.

On Feb. 27, 1951, she married Arthur E. “Gene” Zickafoose in Columbus, Ga. He died Aug. 30, 2001.

She had owned and operated with her husband G&B Tree Service and the Southside Market, which was renamed Betty’s Discount. Both businesses were located in Sturgis.

Betty enjoyed crossword puzzles and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Marsha Zickafoose of Howe; three sons, Alan Zickafoose, Richard Zickafoose and Douglas Zickafoose, all of Sturgis; six grandchildren, Eric, Heather, Ryan, Christopher, Nathan and Krista; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Beverly A. Crissman of Sturgis; a brother; Robert C. Smith of Ocala, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, Glenn Smith and Milan R. Smith.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial graveside service and burial of the ashes will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak. Pastor Jeff Farnham will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, Sturgis.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Zickafoose’s memory consider the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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