Betty Jean (Williams) Hoover

April 10, 1924 - Jan. 9, 2018

Betty Jean (Williams) Hoover, 93, Roaring Spring, passed away peacefully on Tuesday at The Village at Morrisons Cove.

She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Carl H. and Hazel (Kemberlin) Williams. On Sept. 6, 1946, she married Alfred E. Hoover, and he preceded her in death on April 27, 1987.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Steele and husband, Mark, of Roaring Spring; two sons: Alfred Jeffrey Hoover and wife, Joy, of Curryville and Scott Hoover and wife, Janet, of Duncansville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Teddy.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; two sisters: Joyce and Diane; and a brother, the Rev. Carl Williams.

Betty Jean was a 1942 graduate of Roaring Spring High School, and she received registered nursing training at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1945. She returned to Roaring Spring and began her career at Nason Hospital and worked much of her career there before working at the office of Dr. Ramon C. Burket until retiring.

Her retirement was filled with many activities at her church, and she volunteered as a nurse for the American Red Cross and Disaster Relief Child Care. These organizations took her to Texas, Florida, Louisiana and St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Island, after hurricanes affected those areas.

She was a member of First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, where she served as deacon, as well as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and a member of the Women’s Fellowship.

She was a volunteer for Claysburg Food Bank, Roaring Spring Community Library, Nason Hospital Auxiliary and The Village at Morrisons Cove. In 1999, she received the Roaring Spring Living Treasure Award by the Second Century Committee and the Nason Hospital Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007.

Betty Jean enjoyed reading, gardening, singing in the church choir, arts and crafts, Penn State football, caring for her family and baking her famous tea rings at Christmastime. She was famous for doing most of the dishes while her family was eating, even before sitting down to the table herself. She was a strong woman who always sought to help others but rarely asked for help, as she never wanted to be a burden to anyone, even as the years robbed her of her physical and mental abilities. She left this world a better place because she lived a life well lived.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the noon memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, the Rev. Marlys Hershberger officiating. Inurnment will be made in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg. Arrangements are by Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Roaring Spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty Jean’s memory may be given to First Church of the Brethren, 901 Bloomfield St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673, or to Roaring Spring Community Library, 320 E. Main St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673.

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