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Betty M. Pence, 88, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Roger L. Pence, passed away at 12:04 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Pence was born in Huntertown Nov. 9, 1922, a daughter of Hugh and Geneva Ruth (Lochner) Drake. She spent most of her formative years in Waterloo, and after moving to St. Joe with her parents, graduated from St. Joe High School. A 1946 graduate of the Indiana University School of Nursing, she was employed as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, and later worked as the company nurse for the S. S. Kresge Company in Fort Wayne.
On May 23, 1951 she was united in marriage in Fort Wayne to Roger L. Pence. The couple lived all of their married lives on the family farm in Smith Township where she was a homemaker and assisted her husband on their farm. She had served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross blood bank for many years, and had also been a representative for Shaklee. In addition, she was a member of the Smith Township Homemakers.
Mr. Pence preceded her in death June 3, 2002.
The surviving relatives include her daughter, Debra (Ron) Rohrer of Churubusco; her son. Jim Pence of Churubusco; a sister. Leona Wysong of Wawaka; and two grandchildren. Joseph Pence and Sara Pence.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Drake; and by a sister, Bernice Strong.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Red Cross, 1212 E. California Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Penceâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.