March 5, 1926-June 18, 2012
Betty M. Sawmiller, 86, of Spencerville, died 2:30 a.m. Monday at Roselawn Manor, Spencerville.
She was born March 5, 1926, in Spencerville, the daughter of Oran R. & Belva M. (Binkley) Slentz, who preceded her in death.
On May 17, 1947, she married Foster Leon Sawmiller, who died Oct. 5, 1971.
Survivors include two daughters, Tina (Mike) Zimmerly of Delphos and Jodi (Brian) Kill of Spencerville; four grandchildren, Rachel (Terry) Garwood of Delphos, April (Tasvir) Jadav of Columbus Grove and Eric (Andrea) Kill and Jordan Kill of Spencerville; three stepgrandchildren, Craig Zimmerly of Toledo and Jenifer Zimmerly and Courtney Zimmerly of Ottawa; 8 great-grandchildren, Leldon Momon Jr. and Sumer Momon of Texas, Foster Garwood and Rose Bollinger of Delphos, Shail Jadav of Columbus Grove and Trevor Kill, Jamie Kill and Audrey Kill all of Spencerville; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Cade and Grant Zimmerly of Toledo and Madalyn Zimmerly of Ottawa; three sisters, Martha Fast, Margie Harbert and Lois (Richard) Boroff of Spencerville; and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Krogman of Mendon and Helen Sawmiller of Lima.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Madelyn Sawmiller; an infant brother, Harold Franklin Slentz; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth R. White; and four brothers-in-law, Harold Fast, John Harbert Jr., Glen Krogman and Edgar Sawmiller.
A homemaker, Mrs. Sawmiller was a baby-sitter for more than 35 years. She also worked at McDaniel’s IGA, Spencerville, and Superior Coach, Lima, during World War II. A 1943 graduate of Spencerville High School, she was a member of the V.F.W. Post 6672 Auxiliary, the American Legion Post 191 Auxiliary of Spencerville and the Delphos Eagles Aerie 471. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing golf, crossword puzzles and bird watching. She also enjoyed caring for her cats, Fabian and Arnie.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, Brother Bill Reeder officiating. Burial is to follow in the Hartford Cemetery near Spencerville.
The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Spencerville Veterans Park or St. Rita’s Hospice.