Betty Flory

Betty Lew Flory, 82, of Beavercreek, Ohio, passed away Monday, Dec.r 23, 2013, in Kettering Medical Center following a brief illness.

She was born May 19, 1931 in Kasson, to Henry O. Poling and Beatrice Coffman Poling.

She was educated at Bridgewater College in Virginia, receiving her Bachelor of Science in home economics in 1952. She married Byron M. Flory that year and moved to Chicago to join him where he was a student at Bethany Theological


She was a classroom and substitute teacher in Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio while her husband was pastor of three congregations in Maryland and the Beavercreek, Ohio and Waynesboro, Va., Churches of the Brethren. She was a much-loved pastor’s wife, deacon and gardener.

Betty Lew was preceded in death by her beloved husband in 2007; she was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Poling.

She is survived by two children, daughter, Kristin Flory (Andreas Zumach) of Geneva, Switzerland, and son, Kevin Flory of Alice Springs, Australia. She also is survived by her brother, Joseph Poling (Pauline) of West Virginia; sister, Catherine (Donald) of West Virginia; sister, Henrietta Ball (David) of South Carolina; and sisters-in-law, Susan Poling, Marie Flory, Mirna Wolfe and Nancy Flory as well as many more dear friends and relatives.

A memorial celebration of Betty Lew’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, 800 E. David Rd., Kettering, Ohio 45429. Friends can call on the family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service and following the service on Saturday.

Contributions may be made to either Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren Memorial Fund or Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana in Betty Lew’s memory. Condolences for the family can be made at