Betty Catherine Barr

April 22, 1928 - March 14, 2017


Betty Catherine Barr, 88, Duncansville, died Tuesday at UPMC


She was born in Frankstown, daughter of the late George and Mary (Estep) Lear. On June 17, 1950, she married Joseph G. Barr in Winchester, Va., and he preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1985.

Surviving are her three children: Deborah A. Barr of Duncansville, Timothy J. Barr and wife, Roxanne, of Altoona and Diane L. Murray and husband, Todd, of Loveland, Colo.; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Sheltra and husband, Chris, Catherine Wallace and husband, Richard, Nikita Gilliam, Natasha Gilliam and Linsey; five great-grandchildren: Destiny Wallace, Royce Gilliam-Nagle, Olivia Wallace, Jonathan and Landon; a brother, Joe Lear; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Walter, Glenn and Carl Lear; three sisters-in-law: Jane, Marion and Sally Lear; and her beloved doggie, Mandy.

Betty retired in 1989 as a housekeeper at Presbyterian Home, Hollidaysburg, after 11 years of service. She was a member of New Life Community Church, Altoona, and a member of Women’s Missionary Society.

She enjoyed reading, puzzles, flower gardening and watching game shows, and she just loved being a homemaker and making sure that everyone was well fed.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, at New Life Community Church, Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Pastor Terry Farr officiating. Interment will be at Carson Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Life Community Church, Building Fund, 621 Bell Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.