Betty Joan Medaugh, 92, of Van Wert, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2020 in Lexington, South Carolina where she had been living with her daughter, Jan Lane. Betty was born on July 8, 1928 in Venedocia to Daniel and Almeda (Bennett) Couts who both preceded her in death. She married William "Dodie" Medaugh of Van Wert on May 23,1951. They enjoyed forty-six years together before he passed away on June 10, 1997. Betty had been living in South Carolina with her daughter and family since 2018 enjoying the warm weather, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Jeff (Deborah) of Littleton, Colorado and her daughter, Jan (John) Lane of Lexington, South Carolina. She will be sadly missed by her seven grandchildren, James (Jessica) Medaugh, Pat (Tracy) Medaugh, Grace Medaugh, Ali (Przemek) Grzesiak, Sasha Brunson, Preston Lane, Dimitri Lane and her three great grandchildren, Clark, Tryston, and Nina. She was predeceased by her brothers, Leon Jay Couts and Lee Ray Couts and her sisters, Julia High, Donna Walls and Mary Jerome.
Her friends and family will remember a lively, friendly and energetic person with many close friends and a lifetime of service to the community. As a young secretary at Continental Can she was the fastest typist in the company (with a trophy as proof). As a school secretary she knew every child at Pleasant School and took great pride in their lifelong achievements. Following retirement she enjoyed volunteering at Van Wert Hospital and the Red Cross, playing a little golf and traveling far and wide with her late husband Dodie. She also enjoyed attending performances at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and the Van Wert Civic Theater. She especially enjoyed the annual Peony Pageant. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and attended virtually from South Carolina until her death. She lived well and left the world a better place.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 5th at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 113 W Central Ave Van Wert, with Rev Chris Farmer officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.
Although family and friends are invited to attend Betty's visitation and services, we continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most vulnerable, the elderly and those with serious health issues. We strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and respect the well-being of the family members and friends. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing, refrain from close physical contact, and wear facial coverings as required by state mandate.
Preferred memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.
To share in Betty's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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