Betty Jean Killion, 92, of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Putnam County Hospital. Born on Sept. 28, 1924, in Brazil, to Elmer and Luella Lawson. She was a graduate of Brazil high School class of 1942 and attended Indiana State University.
She married William F. Killion on June 29, 1944. He preceded her in death on Feb. 29, 2011. Betty also had eight brothers and sisters, six of whom preceded her in death.
Betty was a member of Big Walnut Baptist Church, and also attended First Christian Church in Greencastle. She also was a member of the History Club in Greencastle. Betty worked at Link Belt in Indianapolis during World War II. After the War and after rearing her six children, she worked as a librarian for six years at Reelsville Elementary School.
Betty was an accomplished author with several children's books published, including "The Same Wind," "Think of It," "Apartment House Tree," "Princess Rosie's Rainbows" and "Little Lek Learns to Sleep." She also wrote for several publications over the years including such magazines as Ranger Rick, Wee Wisdom, Children's Playmate, Highlights For Children, the Cricket Group and others. Betty was an avid reader with a love of books that started well before her 2nd birthday when her grandfather, George Washington Clark, read to her.
She is survived by six children, Nancy McCullough and husband Jack of Brazil, Tom Killion and wife Carla of Indianapolis, Sally Paris and husband Michael, of Dallas, Laura Mcullough and husband Dan, Valley View, Texas, Rod Killion, Indianapolis, and Beth Flint and husband Jeff, Greencastle; 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; a sister, Minnetta Huber of Jefferson; and a brother, Glenn Lawson of Brazil.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Darin Huber officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Brazil. Friends may call at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home from 4 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, or one hour prior to time of service Sunday. Memorials in Betty's name may be made to the Putnam County Public Library for Children's Services. Memories may be shared with the family at:
Published on August 31, 2017