MOUNT VERNON — Betty M. James, 95, of Mount Vernon died Saturday, July 7, 2018. Betty was born April 17, 1923, in Knox County to parents Avery and Jessie (Davis) Cline. Raised in Morrow County, she was a graduate of Chesterville High School then returned to Knox County for the rest of her life, living in Fredericktown and Mount Vernon.

She retired from Mount Vernon City School District as a certified dietitian after 21 years. Betty was the only cook who worked in all six city school cafeterias, when one cook prepared the food herself and then served the meal to hundreds of children.

Betty had many hobbies as well. She was a seamstress that made anything from doll clothes to wedding garments for family and friends. As a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4027, she worked as a cook and managed the grill in their food tents at the Knox County Fair. She coordinated large turkey dinners and even helped at the club cantina. Betty loved to bake and took on jobs that would require her to make hundreds of cookies for large functions, and dozens of pies for many organizations. Mostly she loved to bake and decorate cakes for birthdays, showers and wedding parties.

Betty had been a PTO mother and past president at Columbia School, a volunteer mother in her children’s schools and 4H Clubs. She served on the board of the Highmeadow Village Condominium Association and was a member of Glenwood Chapter #303, Order of Eastern Star.

Betty is survived by three children: Gene (Carolyn) James, Marilyn (AJ) Arechederra, and Bob James; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Clayton E. James; her daughter, Peggy Horn; a son of only a few hours, Paul Edward James (Peggy’s twin brother); her brother, Floyd Cline; and three sisters, Irene Bullock, Lucille Morey, and Pearl Beckholt.

A graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville will be held on Friday, July 13, beginning at 11a.m. with Mr. Ben McKinstry officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Ohio Eastern Star Home, 1451 Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Betty M. James.


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