DENNISON -- Betty Jean Carpenter, 66, of Newcomerstown, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010, at Union Hospital in Dover, after a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 15, 1943, a daughter of the late Charles Albert and Jessie Leona (White) Hart.

A resident of the Port Washington area for most of her life, Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who had also worked at the Scio Pottery for many years until its closing. She later worked as a home health care aide for a number of area families, as well as for Tastee Apple for a short time.

On Feb. 25, 1960, Betty married Clayton James Carpenter with whom she recently celebrated 49 years of marriage. She is also survived by four children, Clayton J. "Joe" Carpenter Jr. and his companion, Linda Bradford of West Lafayette, Cathy Carpenter and her companion, Jake Sugget of Newcomerstown, Mark Carpenter of West Lafayette and Beth (Paul) Felgenhauer of New Philadelphia; seven grandchildren, Nile, Lance, Desmond, Tanesha, Brandy, Kierston and Lucas; a great-grandchild, Darrin; two sisters, Pauline (Tom) Wilson of Coshocton and Mary Carpenter of Dennison; three brothers, Paul (Faith) Hart of Uhrichsville, James Hart of Newcomerstown and David Hart of Uhrichsville; numerous nieces and nephews, including a special niece who was also a dear friend, Debbie Miller; and a close friend, Pauline (Howard) Groff of Newcomerstown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Charles and Richard Hart; four sisters, Margaret "Maggie" Orr, Annie E., Nettie Frances and Theresa Hart; and a brother-in-law, Leonard Carpenter.

Betty was a caring woman who would do anything for her family and friends. She especially loved the time that she spent with her grandchildren and was an avid bingo player.

Services for Betty, officiated by the Rev. Harry Milligan, was March 10, 2010, at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home at Dennison. Interment followed in Port Washington-Salem Union Cemetery in Port Washington.

Those wishing to honor Betty's memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to the charity of their choice.

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