MOUNT VERNON — Betty E. (Dickey) Willmering died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at the Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon.
She was born April 1, 1924, in Crowell, Texas. She lived most of her early life in Mexico, Mo., where she graduated from Mexico High School, Salutatorian, Class of 1942. She attended nursing school in St. Louis. During World War II, she served as a U.S. cadet nurse at an Army hospital, O’Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Mo. Her name Betty Dickey Willmering is listed on The Women in Military Service of American Memorial’s Historic Roll of Honor, which is located in Washington, D.C., at the main entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1945, when the war ended, she married the love of her life, N. Berkeley Willmering, who was her patient when she was a student nurse. They moved to Alton, Ill., where her husband was employed as Industrial Relations Manager for Winchester-Western Cartridge Co., and Betty was employed as an R.N. at Alton Memorial Hospital. She and her husband were also co-owners of a large dry cleaning plant in East Alton, Ill.
In 1955, when her husband was transferred to New Haven, Conn., the family, including their 9-month-old son, Kevin, moved to New Haven. Her husband was employed as plant manager for the company’s new subsidiary United Nuclear Corp., which produced nuclear fuel for the first nuclear-powdered submarine, the Skate. When this project was completed, the Winchester-Western Cartridge Co. had evolved into Olin-Matheson Chemical Corp. One of its subsidiaries had a huge housing development in Woodsfield, Ohio, where Betty and her husband worked together to sell 126 houses in three years. The family became stockholders in Guilford Development Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Mount Vernon where she and her husband were the major developers of the Colonial Hills Subdivision, building an excess of 75 houses. At the time of her death, Betty was the sole representative of the Colonial Hills Building Committee.
When her loving and devoted husband died in 1982, she continued as a Realtor until her retirement in 2001 after more than 40 years as a Realtor. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Betty Dickey.
Betty Willmering was known as one of the most honorable, hard-working and capable Realtors in the area. Throughout her career she earned many awards and accolades. She was actively involved in the civic and business life of her community and was a longtime member of the National and Ohio Associations of Realtors. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Knox Chapter 236, the Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a registered nurse in four states. She was a devout Christian and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon.
In 1994, she was honored with five awards each in recognition of her earning the “Tribute of Women” from Gov. George Voinovich, the Ohio Senate, the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Federation of Republican Women for her unwavering commitment to goals and ideals of the Republican Party.
She is survived by her beloved son, Kevin Willmering and his wife, Janet Healy of Paris, France; a stepgrandson, Zack Mohler of San Francisco, Calif.; dear relatives and friends in Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, especially Tim and Debbi Smith and family of Fredericktown, and Carl and Beverly Herzog and family of Godfrey, Ill. All blessed her life with love and laughter.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon. The family asks in lieu of flowers contributions be made in memory of Betty to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Interment will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Mexico, Mo. No service will be held at the cemetery.
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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Betty E. Willmering.