MOUNT VERNON — Betty Proffit, 90, of Mount Vernon passed away on Saturday afternoon, October 29, 2011 at the Country Court Nursing Home in Mount Vernon.
She was born April 23, 1921, in Mount Vernon, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Kelly) Ralls. Betty was a member of the Wayman Chapel AME Church where she served as organist and the Church Women United. She was past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star 56. She was also a member of the Knox County Organ Club and a charter member of the 20th Century Club. Betty was the first African-American female member of the Mount Vernon High School Marching Band. She had worked for the Mount Vernon City Schools and the Mount Vernon State Institute as a cook.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Mary Louise Rouse and Ruby J. Thompson of Mount Vernon; a grandson, Aaron Thompson of Columbus; a great-granddaughter, Kasey Richardson, and a great-great-grandson, Joshua Richardson, all of Columbus; sister-in-law, Virginia (Thomas) Brooks of Maple Heights; her very dear friend, Linda Schumacher, and her sons, Terry DeWitt and Troy Davidson; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Horace “Buddy” Rouse; her second husband, James Proffit; and her sister, Clarissa Anderson.
The family will have a memorial service celebrating the life of Betty on Wednesday, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, with Elder Eddie Massey officiating.
A time of food and fellowship will follow the memorial service at the Apostolic Christian Church, 1635 Old Delaware Road (Ohio 229 West), Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Private expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Betty Proffit.
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