She was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Wabash County, to Rusell and Maude (Auker) Abbott. She graduated in 1940 from Chester High School, North Manchester. On Oct. 5, 1944, she married James Pitts. He preceded her in death. She then married James Boardman on July 23, 1968. He preceded her in death.
Betty was a hairdresser for nearly 75 years. She was co-owner of the Vivi-Deane Shoppe, Liberty Mills, for many years and was a hairdresser at Timbercrest Senior Living Community from 1980 until her retirement in 2013. She was a member of the Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester. She loved her church and enjoyed her ladies group that met at McDonald’s every day.
She is survived by one son: Kendall (Becky) Pitts, North Manchester; two step-sons: Bill Boardman, Rochester; Jack Boardman, Bourbon; one step-daughter: Norma (Howard) O’Dell, Wabash; grandchildren: JP (Dana) Pitts, North Manchester, Tim (Shelly Nice) Pitts, Fort Wayne; Chris (Lora) Cartwright, Andrews; A.J. (Angie) Cartwright, Andrews; Seth (Tiffany) Cartwright, Anderson; nine step-grandchildren; 23 step-great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters: Dean Keaffaber and Vivian Reiff.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N. 300E, North Manchester. Pastor Matthew Staton and Rev. Paul B. Cochrane will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be given to Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N 300 E, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Ste. 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.