WARSAW — Betty Jean “Big Grandma” Haines, 67, of Warsaw joined her parents and brother in Heaven on Jan. 4, 2009. She passed onto Eternity from the Ohio State University Medical Center following an extended illness.
She was born in Warsaw on Nov. 26, 1941, to the late Arthur William and Mae Odelva (Ridenbaugh) Hoberg. Betty was a 1959 graduate of Warsaw High School. In the same year, she became the secretary of the Warsaw High School later becoming Warsaw Elementary School; a position she held for 33 years. She was currently the fiscal officer for the Tiverton Township. Betty was a registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and ran with the Warsaw Emergency Squad during the late ’80s and ’90s. She previously was a member of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau and served as a safety director. She was a member of the Brinkhaven Church of Christ and attended the Wolf Creek Baptist Church. Betty was also a member of the Tiverton Grange.
Betty married Albert Haines on Dec. 26, 1963, who survives.
Betty will always be remembered for her love of people. There was not a person that she would not take time to talk to. She enjoyed being the “mother” of many Warsaw Elementary School children. She always wanted to be called “Betty” and not “Mrs. Haines.” Betty had a great love of animals. She helped nurse many animals back to health from a litter of little pigs to a baby calf to many cats and dogs. Animals gave her a great amount of pleasure and enjoyment. She thoroughly enjoyed all of God’s Creation and saw it daily on the farm that she and her family built since 1968.
She was preceded in death by her parents and oldest brother, Jerry; nephew, Lunda Lee Hoberg Jr.; and many aunts and uncles.
Surviving in addition to her husband of 45 years is son, Lynn Hoberg (Pastor Deb) Haines of Newark and family including granddaughter Gabriella “Gabi” MaeLynn Haines; stepgranddaughter, Kathy (DJ) Luna of Heath and family including stepgrandsons, Brandon, Bradon, Collyn, and Kamden; daughter, Sallie (Rusty) Gates of Warsaw. Also surviving is brother, Lunda Lee Sr. (Patty) of Newark and family including nephew, James Allen (Shelly) Hoberg; twin great-nephews, Ryan Allen and Cody James of Newark; great-nephews James Jr., Dustin Lee, and Daniel Arthur Hoberg, all of Newark; and niece, Patty Sue (John D.) Hineman of Tipton, Mo.; great-nieces, Morgan and Sidney and great-nephew, Tyler. She is also survived by an aunt, Pearl Crise of Newark; special son, Bernie Morrison of Warsaw. She also had her special companions, TZ, Cracker, Butch, and Bob that kept her so much company.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastors Mike Rodgers and Galen Honabarger officiating. Burial will be at the Tiverton Cemetery. This information is online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made the Friends of the Animal Shelter, 21755 TR 164, Coshocton, OH 43812.