Mildred May Hofer Betler, 96, of Nutter Fort, passed away, with family by her side, March 6, 2013 in Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab Facility.
She was born Oct. 25, 1916, at the little Swiss village of Helvetia, Randolph County, the second of six children to the late Ernest and Henrietta Hofer.
She completed her last two years of high school in Elkins, in 1935. Following her graduation in 1938 from Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg, Mildred was employed by Hagan’s Ice Cream Co. in Parkersburg.
She married Raymond Betler, Oct. 4, 1941, and moved into the home he had built for them in Nutter Fort. Mildred was a wonderful wife and mother to their five children. Mildred was active in PTA and Band Boosters while her children were in school. During her lifetime Mildred was a member of Helvetia Zion Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church of Nutter Fort. At the time of her death, she was a charter member of Freedom Southern Baptist Church in Nutter Fort. She taught Sunday school classes, sang in the choir, served on the floral committee, was active in the women’s group and attended mission conferences.
Mildred was an accomplished gardener and seamstress and enjoyed traveling. She was also known for her involvement in 4-H which began as a child and continued as leader of the Lucky Horseshoe 4-H Club in Nutter Fort. She was honored as 4-H Leader of the Year. Mildred maintained a connection to 4-H as a long time member of the Homemaker “Ladybugs” of Harrison County.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Raymond; and her siblings, Wilma Hofer, Genevieve Hofer, Margaret Wegman and Ernest “Fred” Hofer, as well as her son, Michael, and daughter, Eileen.
Surviving are her sister, Lena Mealey of Elkins; her children, Charlotte Hughes and husband, M. William “Bill,” of Lewes, Del., Susan Reynolds and husband, Charles, of Hollywood, Md., Nancy Maunz and husband, Michael, of Clarksburg; daughter-in-law, Betty Scott and husband, Max, of Easton, Md.; and three grandchildren, David Reynolds and wife, Christine, of West Long Branch, N.J., Raymond Betler of Morgantown and Shay Maunz of Charleston.
Family and friends were received Friday at Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive/Route 98, W, Clarksburg. Services will be conducted today at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Don Fowler and the Rev. Jim Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Pickens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Freedom Southern Baptist Church, 107 Illinois Ave. Nutter Fort, WV 26301; Helvetia Zion Presbyterian Church in care of Diane M. Betler, HC 70 Box 15, Helvetia, WV 26224; or West Virginia University Foundation-Betler OMC Scholarship Fund (#S480) WVU Extension Service, Office of Dev., 806 Knapp Hall, P.O. Box 6031, Morgantown, WV 26506-6031.