Betty J. Verhest, 76, Columbia City, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021, at her home. Born Feb. 10, 1945, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Alanzo and Florence (Koehling) Wickliffe.
She attended Southside High School and moved to Whitley County in 1988. She worked at Magnavox for 14 years and started working at Coupled Plastics in 1993, retiring in 2015. On Nov. 19, 2005, she married DeWayne Verhest. She was a member of New Hope Wesleyan Church, Columbia City, and enjoyed camping, bowling, crocheting and quilting.
Betty adored her grandchildren and loved Christmastime when she could bake wonderful cookies, watch endless movies on the Hallmark Channel and listen to Christmas music. She found relaxation in tending to her flowers and listening to Elvis.
Betty is survived by her loving husband, DeWayne Verhest; children Brenda Bowser, Debra (Dave) Bohto, Judy Johnson, Cheri (Gerald) Ford and Ernest Verhest; sisters Jean (Ron) Keller and Rosie Finney; seven special grandchildren; and eight special great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Kevin Bowser; brother Albert Wickliffe; sister Sue Koehl; and brothers-in-law Bob Finney and Dave Koehl.
Her funeral service will be noon Monday, June 7, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Catholic Cemetery.
Donations may be given in memory to New Hope Wesleyan Church. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send Betty’s family condolences or sign the guest book.