Betty Jane Spears

COLUMBIANA–Betty Jane Spears, 88, a longtime resident of Columbiana, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at her residence.

Betty was born Aug. 8, 1930 in Christianburg, Va., a daughter of the late James H. and Mamie (Hurt) Richardson, and had resided here since the age of 16 coming from West Virginia. She had been a waitress at area restaurants.

Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Frank Thomas.

She is survived by her husband, Larry, whom she married in 1962; two sons, John (Joy) Bistarkey of Leetonia and James (Teri) Bistarkey of Bracey, Va.; and four daughters, Kathern Robinson of New Springfield, Betsy Kirkwood of Boardman, Karen (Bill) Thompson of Greenford and Lydonna (Floyd) Nohelty of Brandenburg, Ky. She also leaves two brothers, Frank Thomas Jr. and John Algood Thomas; and three sisters, Judy Best, Nancy Wire and Ella Rose Molnar; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

All services were private and handled by the Linsley-Royal Funeral Home of East Palestine.