Mount Vernon News
  • Betty L. Linkous

  • October 30, 2010

CENTERBURG — Betty A. Linkous, 91, of Marion and formerly of Centerburg, died Monday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2010, at Heartland of Marion following a valiant six-year battle with cancer.

On Feb. 22, 1919, Betty was born in Wheeling, W.Va., the daughter of the late Reid and Blanche (Nuss) McMechen. She graduated from Wheeling High School in the Class of 1936, and she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the West Virginia University in the Class of 1940, where she also enjoyed playing on the tennis team.

While at her first teaching job in the small coal-mining town of Berwind, W.Va., Betty met Graham Linkous. Shortly thereafter, they were married in December 1942, just before he was sent away to serve in World War II. After his return, as a family they moved to Centerburg in 1953 to join his family that had already moved there. They shared over 46 special years together. He preceded her in death in 1988.

For most of her career, Betty taught physical education and health class at the Centerburg High School. A woman of faith, Betty was a member of the Crosswood United Methodist Church in Marion, and formerly was a member of the Centerburg and Mount Liberty United Methodist Churches. An avid Ohio State University Buckeye fan, Betty enjoyed going to all of the home basketball games with her daughter and son-in-law for the last eight years. Always fun loving and outgoing, Betty may be best known for her infectious laughter.

Betty will be dearly missed by her two children, Richard “Buck” (Karen) Linkous of South Carolina, and Jane (Fred) Fahrion of Marion; three grandchildren, Kristin (Mark) Beck, Greg (Jessica) Linkous and Andy (Jennifer) Linkous; three great-grandchildren, Ridge and Janae Beck and Cara Linkous; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Charles McMechen.

Per Betty’s wishes, services will not be observed.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home of Marion is honored to have been chosen to serve Betty’s family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Marion, OH 43302. For those wishing to express their condolences to her family, you may do so by visiting

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