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Betty Jeane (Eberle) Stidham
December 8, 1938 ~ October 11, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Betty Jeane Stidham (Eberle) passed away peacefully on October 11, 2023, at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Fayetteville, NC surrounded by her loving family. Betty was the oldest child born to the late William and Margaret Eberle.
Betty was born in Quaker City, OH on December 8, 1938. She graduated from Quaker City High School in 1956 and relocated to Columbus, OH to attend Cosmetology School. Married to the late William (Shag) Stidham on August 17, 1958, they built a life together in London, OH.
Betty worked as a beautician for over 16 years, walking to work each day at both Marlene’s Beauty Shop and Llewelyn’s Beauty Shop in London, OH. At age 33, she received her driver’s license and was blessed to drive to her job as a bookkeeper in the Madison County Treasurers Office for 39 years.
Betty grew up in Quaker City, OH a small town in Eastern Ohio with a population of 583 people. She used to joke that she graduated Top 12 in her High School Class, but there were only 12 total in her class. She attended the Quaker City United Methodist Church in her youth which shaped her life and later the United Methodist Church of London, OH enjoying singing in the choir. Her two greatest loves were her family and her faith. She enjoyed reading the bible, sewing, gardening, and rescuing numerous animals especially cats.
Betty loved her family. Her children and grandchildren were a great joy in her life and her proudest accomplishment. Betty dearly loved her late husband William (Shag) Stidham and delighted in the many adventures they had throughout their 60 years together.
Betty loved life. Her later years were difficult having developed Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s. However, Betty never complained and spent her time attending Bible Study finding joy in each day. She was asked what her greatest achievement in life was, and she responded, “being kind to people.”
She is survived by her two children Jerry Richard Stidham (Amy Stidham) of Fayetteville, NC; Jason Robert Stidham (Amanda Stidham) of London, OH and five grandchildren: Matthew Stidham, Cooper Love, Aiden Stidham, William Stidham and Jackson Stidham, her brother Charles William Eberle (Connie Eberle) of Cape Canaveral, FL and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, family members and friends.
With special gratitude to Becky McCoy and Donna Landis of London, OH. Betty’s closest friends who provided her great joy for many years. Jim and Karen Coy, and Richard and Sandy Wood of London, OH. Betty’s neighbors who helped her a great deal both before and after the loss of her husband. Mimi Lohr of West Jefferson, OH. Mimi provided care to Betty in London, OH giving Betty a good quality of life and friendship. Diane Wilkerson Moore of Raeford, NC. Diane provided care to Betty in Fayetteville, NC giving Betty loving care and friendship.
Visitation with the family will be held from 11 AM until 1 PM on Friday, October 20, 2023, at the Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home, 103 North Main Street, London, OH 43140. A Private Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family in Bethel Cemetery, Range, OH.
The family wishes to express special appreciation for the love shown by her many friends. Flowers may be sent to the Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, you may also make a gift to the United Methodist Church of London, OH at https://www.londonfumc.org/give.
Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.