Betty Lou Marshall, 82, Sebastian, Fla., passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, after an extended illness. Betty was born June 17, 1930, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Otha and Stella Pitner.
Betty was second oldest of 13 children. She quit school when she was 16 to help provide for the family. She later went back to adult education to obtain her GED, and then went on to obtain a Realtor’s license. She was a second mom to many of her brothers and sisters. She took them into her home and helped them by giving them a place to live, clothes, food and other opportunities in life. Betty was very talented, teaching herself to sew, knit, crochet and quilt. All her quilts were sewn by hand. She also was a painter, wallpaper hanger and great cook.
She lived in Kokomo most of her life before moving to Florida with her husband in the 80s. She worked at Hank’s Supermarket, later becoming Thrif-T-Mart, as head cashier for over 25 years. She also worked as a seamstress at the Bargain Center. When she moved to Florida she continued working in the grocery business by working for Publix.
She is survived by her daughters, Candy Nelson, Sebastian, Fla., Debbie and husband Steve Romero, Interlachen, Fla.; sisters, Easter Roberts and Judy Goforth, Dalton, Ga., Barbara Harris, Fairfield, Ohio, Gladys Hannah, Port Orange, Fla., Dorothy Bliss, Galveston, and Brenda Moore, Kokomo; and brothers, Otha Pitner Jr., Peru, Donald Pitner, Kokomo, Richard Pitner, Maryville, Tenn., and Charles Pitner, Kokomo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James Pitner; sister, Jean Alexander; husband, Allen Marshall; sons, Clyde and Rex; and a grandson.
She will be sadly missed by all her family.