Betty J. (Roland) Books

Oct. 21, 1924 - July 24, 2018

Betty J. (Roland) Books, 93, Altoona, formerly of Greenwood, passed away Tuesday at UPMC Altoona.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John L. and Clara E. (Barngesser) Roland. On March 26, 1949, she married Paul L. Books, and he preceded her in death on July 19, 1997.

Surviving are two sons: P. Richard Books (Shirley) of Altoona and David R. Books (Carol) of Altoona; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Baker (Ray) of Altoona; five grandchildren: Debra Baker (Ryan Hufford), Jesse Fresh (Brian), Kristin Books, Christopher Rowles (Laurie) and Chastity Kienzle (John); numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis R. Roland (Jane) of Altoona; a sister: Carol Anslinger of Altoona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers: John L. Roland Jr., Eugene H. Roland and Donald D. Roland; and four sisters: Ida Marie Powell, Marjorie Salyards, Margaret Davis and Judith Yingling.

Betty retired from Tritex Sportswear as a sewing machine operator and previously worked at A&P Bakery.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church and was a lifetime member of Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Betty enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, watching television and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018, at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2018, Pastor Barry R. Folmar officiating. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park.

The family requests that memorial contributions in Betty’s memory be made to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

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