Betty Beardsley


FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Betty J. Beardsley, 86, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Woodview Health Care Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Defiance, Ohio, and graduated from Defiance High School in 1946. She married Ralph Beardsley in 1951 and moved to Fort Wayne in 1955. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and was a volunteer at the church and helped with the church bulletin for years. She was a member of NAMI and Alliance for the Mentally Ill, in Fort Wayne. Betty's hobbies included playing cards, hosting parties, skiing, boating, tending to flowers and gardening. She enjoyed baking and cooking and was always ready to help others. Next to family, Betty's greatest love was her cats.

Surviving are her niece, Carla (Joseph) Gignac of Sylvania, Ohio; nephews, Thomas (Carol) Rost, Richard (Margaret) Rost, Mark (Jean) Rost, Peter (Barb) Rost, Jeffrey Rost and Eric (Christine) Rost.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer C. and Beatrice C. Rost Sr.; husband, Ralph H. Beardsley; daughter, Lisa Jean Beardsley; brothers, Dr. Elmer C. Rost Jr. and Richard F. Rost.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 2 p.m. July 19, 2014, at St. Jude Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior, with Father Robert D'Souza officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Memorials may be made to the Alliance for the Mentally Ill or St. Jude Catholic Church. To sign the online guest book, go to

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