Betty J. Reed, age 80 of Defiance, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
She was born on March 27, 1940 to Leroy and Ruth (Trim) Nihiser in Defiance, Ohio. Betty was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. She worked for many years at St. Michael's Golf Course, Defiance Hospital as an aide, and she retired from Fairlawn Nursing Home. She enjoyed shopping trips to Shipshewana , being with her kids and grandchildren, but her favorite was playing cards with her daughters, and playing cards with her friends at Island Parkway.
Betty is survived by her children, David (Nicole) Reed of Spencerville, IN, Cynthia Vance, William (Maryann Steffes) Reed, and Diane (Jeff) Felger, all of Defiance, and her brother Richard (Doll) Nihiser of Defiance. She also leaves behind her greatest treasures her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was so proud of all of them with their accomplishments.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary Nihiser Boyce, her brother Bert Nihiser, and her beloved poodle Abby. Abby was her companion to the end and she will join Betty in her journey to heaven.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at the funeral home, with Deacon Mark Homier officiating. Due to the recent pandemic, masks and social distancing are required to enter the funeral home. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to The PATH Center.
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