HICKSVILLE -- Betty Lawton Hartwick, 89, foster daughter of Frederick Clifton and Zida Malinda (May) Whetstone, passed away on March 6, 2013, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Hicksville, Ohio.
Betty was born on July 15, 1923, and was named Ardith Irene Cole, in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. She was taken into the Whetstone family at age 7 on September 22, 1930, and her name was changed to Betty Lawton Whetstone. She lived on Oak Ranch, west of Defiance, Ohio, until she married Alva Roy Smith in 1939. In 1963, Betty married Otto Hartwick, and he preceded her in death in 1979. She continued to live at Oak Ranch until she was admitted to Hickory Creek Nursing Home in October of 2007. She worked for the Zeller Corporation during World War II. In the early 1950s, Betty became one of the first cab drivers in Defiance. She also worked at Eckert Meat Packing plant and was an inspector for General Motors Powertrain for 44 years, retiring in 1991.
Betty is survived by her three sons, Edgar Allan (Sharron) Smith of Cecil, Ohio, Frederick Lynn Smith of Fremont, Ind., and Douglas Darrell (Sharon) Smith of Katy, Texas; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; foster parents, Frederick Clifton Whetstone and Zida (May) Whetstone; her loving husband, Otto F. Hartwick; and a daughter, Nedra Lou (John) Tipping in 2002.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 2-6 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Oberlin officiating. A private burial will take place on Monday at Riverview Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Hicksville, Ohio. Online condolences can be given at www.HCSfuneralhome.com.