Betty Jean Killion

Betty Jean Killion, 92, of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Putnam County Hospital.

Born on Sept. 28, 1924 in Brazil, Ind., to Elmer and Luella Lawson.

She was a 1942 graduate of Brazil High School and attended Indiana State University.

She married William F. Killion on June 29, 1944. He preceded her in death on Feb. 29, 2011.

Betty also had eight brothers and sisters, six of whom preceded her in death.

Betty was a member of Big Walnut Baptist Church, and also attended First Christian Church in Greencastle. She was also a member of the History Club in Greencastle.

Betty worked at Link Belt in Indianapolis during World War II. After the war and after rearing her six children, she worked as a librarian for six years at Reelsville Elementary School.

Betty was an accomplished author with several children’s books published, including “The Same Wind,” “Think of It,” “Apartment House Tree,” “Princess Rosie’s Rainbows” and “Little Lek Learns to Sleep.” She also wrote for several publications over the years including such magazines as Ranger Rick, Wee Wisdom, Children’s Playmate, Highlights For Children, The Cricket Group and others.

Betty was an avid reader with a love of books that started well before her second birthday when her grandfather, George Washington Clark, read to her.

She is survived by six children, Nancy McCullough and husband Jack, Brazil, Tom Killion and wife Carla, of Indianapolis, Sally Paris and husband Michael, Dallas, Texas, Laura McCullough and husband Dan, Valley View, Texas, Rod Killion, Indianapolis, and Beth Flint and husband, Jeff, Greencastle.

She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Jeff McCullough (Tara), Michael McCullough, Amy Huber (Daren), Adele Head (Steve), Joseph Killion (Kristin), Brad Killion, Andrew McCullough (Shauna), Miriam Yocum (Josh), Ryan McCullough (May), Megan Flint, Kristen Flint (fiancé Brett), and Adrian Petrea; 25 great-grandchildren, a sister, Minnetta Huber, Jefferson, Ind., and a brother, Glenn Lawson of Brazil.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Pastor Darin Huber officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Brazil.

Friends may call at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 or one hour prior to time of service on Sunday.

Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the Putnam County Public Library for Children’s Services.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.