Betty M. Gabbert

January 12, 1938 - March 17, 2023

Betty M. Gabbert, age 85, of West Union, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2023, at the Adams County Regional Medical Center in Seaman, Ohio. She was born on January 12, 1938, in Twin Valley, Scioto County, Ohio, the seventh of eight children to the late Carl and Jewel (Grizzell) Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Gabbert, Sr., who passed away in January 2004. She was also preceded in death by her seven siblings: her brothers: Leo Miller, Harry Miller, and Bill Miller; and her sisters, Vivian Herbert, Vicah Burchett, Vernice Hewitt, and Bonnie Miller.

Betty was a legal secretary, a girl scout leader, a little league mom, the wife of a World War II veteran, and Valedictorian of the Winchester High School Class of 1955. As a mother, she believed that school lessons came first; that hard work paid off; that rules were for a reason; and that a shortcut never led to quicker success. She loved her hair, her home, and things that were red: red jackets, red apples, red lipstick, and The Cincinnati Reds.

She is survived by one daughter, Gay Ann Gabbert; one son, Judge Roy E. (Amy) Gabbert, Jr.; and one granddaughter, Lucy Gabbert; all of West Union.

Betty chose to donate and bequeath her body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical education and research.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Friends can sign online condolences at

Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated serves the family.


Norine Behm - Apr 20, 2023
I am sorry I only recently heard of your mother's passing. I am sure you will miss her but her life was a blessing to many people. I remember her fondly when she was a teenager and let a lowly grade school person play basketball in the back of the store with an apple basket as the hoop. May God's peace surround you with his love.
Eva Hodge - Apr 10, 2023
My Heartfelt Condolences to the Families, Betty was a beautiful lady inside and out, I always enjoyed seeing her and talking with her, always so sweet and a beautiful smile,she brought sunshine to my days.
Phil and Vicki Rhonemus - Apr 2, 2023
Dear Gabbert Family, Continuing to hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,
The Family of Robert & Alta McCarty - Mar 30, 2023
Our parents loved Betty & Roy. They were always kind & helpful to our family. Betty’s smile was like a ray of sunshine. My hugs & prayers of comfort to the family.
Donna and Brad Cross - Mar 28, 2023
Gay,Robbie,Amy,Lucy. So very,very sorry to hear of your Mother passing. She was a very special person who's warmth & kindness will never be forgotten. She will never be forgotten. Prayers for your family.
Trisha & Greg Schumacher - Mar 25, 2023
Gay Ann, Robbie and many wonderful memories of spending time with Betty. I will always remember how her eyes sparkled when she smiled. Such a beautiful woman, inside and out. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Carol Corrill, Schiffmeyer - Mar 25, 2023
So sorry for your great loss. Betty was a beautiful person inside and out. May God comfort you and yours. ❤️
Mr &Mrs William Stratton - Mar 25, 2023
Very sorry to hear of her passing. Please feel the love and hugs we are sending. May God give you all peace with such a loss. God Bless you all.
Mary Ann Minton - Mar 25, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss Roy JR.! You and your family are in my in my prayers.
Bonnie stout - Mar 25, 2023
Roy iam so sorry for the passing of ur mother. She was an amazing patient of mine always smiling when she came into the office. Love & prayers for all the family.
Trish Knauff Fraley - Mar 25, 2023
I’m so sorry for your loss. My mother- Marilyn Knauff befriended Mrs. Gabbert at Shear Magic. Both ladies had appointments once a week for a shampoo and set. After a few common appointments, they made it a point to schedule their weekly visits together. I know my mom thought the world of Betty and enjoyed talking and visiting with her so much. After my mom passed, I remember Betty coming to the visitation ( accompanied by her hairdresser, Diane), to provide her condolences. She was such a beautiful soul, lived to laugh and share good things. I know she was a blessing to my mom and I’m sure she was to her family as well.
Vickie Lynn Fulton - Mar 25, 2023
My deepest Condolences to the Gabbert family. The type of person/mother Betty was shows on the happy and friendly faces of her children Roy and Gay. Went to school with them and Gay was a hoot in Mr. Hilt’s drivers education class! 😊
Butch & Shirley Arn - Mar 25, 2023
We send our deepest sympathy to your family. I know it’s a great loss. She was so gracious and kind to people. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave & Carolyn Scott - Mar 25, 2023
Gay Ann, Robbie, Amy, and Lucy we are so sorry for you great loss. We are sad for you but happy for Betty. She’s with our Heavenly Father. I’m sure she’s keeping things lively up there. We loved her and love your family. We are praying for Comfort and Peace for all of you. May God Bless you all. 😇🙏😇🙏😇🙏
Jamie Moreira - Mar 25, 2023
I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved going with Kenton up to Betty's and doing odd jobs. She was a wonderful woman. Praying for you and your family.
Kathleen “Kathy” Eagleston - Mar 25, 2023
I was so sad to hear of Betty’s passing. The 10 years I worked at Gabbert Law Office were 10 of the best years of my life. Betty & Roy, Sr. were so kind and loving to me. I treasure the folder of notes & letters from Betty. Roy Gabbert (Robbie) & Gay Ann, my heart has been broken for you both. We will always be “family”. Love you both. ❤️
Curtis Trefz - Mar 24, 2023
My heart is broken. Betty was like a second mom to us growing up. Sending you all love and prayers of peace. I will miss her terribly. I know her and mom are in heaven having a wonderful time with plenty of laughter.
Connie Young - Mar 24, 2023
I remember seeing Betty at the Manor visiting Valerie Young. She hasn’t seen me in a long time. I know Papaw Fulton and the rest of the Fulton family really liked Betty. She was always smiling and happy. She will be missed. RIP Betty
Andrew Trefz - Mar 24, 2023
So very sorry for your loss. My heart is broken. Betty was one of the sweetest people I've ever known and I have so many fond memories of her. She loved her family and her friends. She was a wonderful person, and her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her. Much love to you all.
Austin and Chrystal Leslie - Mar 24, 2023
So very sorry for the loss of your sweet Momma. Prayers and hugs for you all.
Jackie Storer - Mar 24, 2023
Loved working with Roy and Betty. Betty could always make me laugh. They were always good to me. Love to you Robbie and Gay and you're whole family.
Eva hodge - Mar 24, 2023
My Deepest Condolences to all the Family,Betty was one the sweetest person I’ve known ,she will be missed by many.🙏💜
Whitney Gobin - Mar 24, 2023
What a wonderful lady Betty was!!!! She was such a bright light and encouragement for us!! Hugs from the Gobin family!!!
Carissa Thatcher - Mar 24, 2023
I am so sorry to hear of this great loss. Your mother was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in Adams County. My heart is with your family during this difficult time.
Dolly Leonard - Mar 24, 2023
Roy Jr. so very sorry to you and your entire family for your loss of your mom.
Darryl L Grooms - Mar 24, 2023
So very sorry for your loss. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. Betty was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
Harriet DeMint - Mar 24, 2023
Betty was a second Mom to our son Richard thru and after his high school years with Rob, and Roy and Betty's kindness to " Biff" as he was fondly known back then has never and will never be forgotten. Betty could be trusted with my son and I can give her no higher accolade. My sincere condolences and prayers to Rob and family and Gay Ann.
Brenda and Steve (Moose) Brown - Mar 24, 2023
I’m sure I never knew Betty like must of Adams County but,I do know that when I met her for the first time at the beauty shop in Peebles, she was all smiles. From that moment on I learned that she didn’t forget you. So nice to talk wherever she saw you. I actually was just thinking of her a few days ago. Sending our deepest condolences to the family.
Robin Lucas - Mar 24, 2023
Betty was one very special lady. I can’t remember how old we were when Robin and her sister came to live with Roy and Betty. Betty opened her home to us girls for cheerleading practice so I know it was my elementary school years. She always had a snack and a big smile ready for us when we arrived. Her gracious kindness will be in my heart forever. Prayers and condolences for her family.
Tonya Swayne - Mar 24, 2023
Prayers for your family, Robbie, Amy, Lucy and Gay Ann was sorry to hear of your mother's passing.
Richard Lafferty, Greg Lafferty, Eric Lafferty - Mar 24, 2023
Sending our condolences to the Gabbert family. We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Your mother was a very special person.
Joe and Judy Dishman - Mar 24, 2023
We are so very saddened to see the loss of your mom! What a joy and fun person she always was at the army reunions (if you could get her there lol). Always just loved listening to her stories. Know how she worshipped Little Lucy, whom I’m sure is all grown up by now. Our deepest condolences and love to all the family. Joe and Judy and family
Ronnie & Jeanne Grooms - Mar 23, 2023
So sorry for your loss, Betty was a very sweet lady. Sending prayers!
Carol - Mar 23, 2023
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of my wonderful friend. She was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your love ones in this difficult time.
Joy Miller-Fite - Mar 23, 2023
Our condolences, your neighbors: Jo Ann Miller and Joy Miller-Fite.
Logan Mason - Mar 23, 2023
Betty will always hold a special place in my heart! I always enjoyed my time with her so much. Your family has always been so kind to me, and my own family as well. Sending all my love your way!
Susan (Howard) Campton - Mar 23, 2023
Roy, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I always figured your mom was a good lady because you were always a nice person. You are in our prayers.
Barbara Eickstedt - Mar 23, 2023
I met Betty years ago at the hair salon where she would manage to hold Court each week. She graced us with stories, family events and imparted a sense of humor that I am sure served her well over the years. She was a fiercely proud woman who adored her family. A lovely lady who brought light, laughter and kindness to those who met her. She will be missed. My sincere sympathies to her family and friends.
Billel & Stacy Boultif - Mar 23, 2023
Sorry sorry to hear of your loss. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Don & Sarilee Williams - Mar 23, 2023
So very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was such a sweet lady, always had a beautiful smile and a kind word. As the old saying goes “she never met a stranger” RIP sweet Betty…you will be missed. Prayers for the family. May you find comfort in memories.
JoAnn hilderbrand - Mar 23, 2023
So sorry for your loss Roy and family many prayers. Here is u need something
Kenny and Sandy Grooms - Mar 23, 2023
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Condolences and sympathy sent your way.
Gary McClellan - Mar 23, 2023
She was a lady we were very proud and honored to have known. Forever rest in peace. She will make an Angel smile.
Dena Morris / Laura Sweet - Mar 23, 2023
What a lovely photo and gentle remembrance. She will be remembered fondly.
Donna Young - Mar 23, 2023
Betty was the best , I'd always schedule my hair appointment with her so we could laugh and joke around , I will miss her so much , it sure won't be the same without her on Tuesdays at the beauty salon condolences to the family , she will be so missed .
Linda and David Purdin - Mar 23, 2023
We are so sorry to hear about your Mom she was a beautiful lady
Judy Grooms Spears - Mar 23, 2023
I worked with Betty’s sister Bonnie. Bonnie and a group of coworkers became my friend. When Bonnie died suddenly from pneumonia, I meet Betty and we shared our grief. My sympathy to the loss of a nice lady.
Tracy and Terri Grooms & family - Mar 23, 2023
Gay Ann, Robbie, Amy and Lucy, so very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a beautiful, sweet, and kind lady. You have our thoughts and prayers.
Linda Worley - Mar 23, 2023
Betty was such a kind, lovely lady. She raised two wonderful children and made the world a brighter place. Thinking of all of you and sending prayers for comfort.
Jeff/Cleo Fenton - Mar 23, 2023
Words do not come easy. Love and prayers for all.
Chad Grooms - Mar 23, 2023
My deepest condolences to Roy, Gay Ann, and family on the passing of your mother. Lori and I will keep you all in our prayers during this difficult time.
Patty Hopkins - Mar 23, 2023
Sending hugs to the family. She was the sweetest lady always had a big beautiful smile and ready to give a hug prayers for the family
Sherry Jodrey - Mar 23, 2023
Deepest sympathy Gay Ann & Robbie, for you and your family. To remember Betty is to see a smile every time she came around, she lit up the room. What a sweet soul. Love and prayers 🙏
Cindy Pollard - Mar 23, 2023
Betty was a lovely lady with a beautiful smile! Thoughts and prayers for the family in this time of loss.
Bob and Vickie O'Brien - Mar 23, 2023
So sorry for your loss! Betty was a very sweet Lady and we will surely miss her! Love and Prayers, Bob and Vickie
Eva Poe - Mar 22, 2023
My very dear friend for many years, the memories we have shared are priceless. Love and big hugs Gay Ann and Roy.
Jay C. Prather - Mar 22, 2023
A wonderful woman, that was always smiling! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
John T and Elaine Lafferty - Mar 22, 2023
What a lovely obituary for a wise and lovely lady. Betty will be remembered by so many for her kindness and smile. Our sincere sympathy to her family. John T and Elaine
Chris Hughes Cassidy - Mar 22, 2023
Roy Sr. Was my mom (Edna Redmon) and my attorney for many years. Betty was always such a delightful person. Such a beautiful lady. Prayers for the family.
robert a blake - Mar 22, 2023
Gay Ann & Robbie , Amy and Lucy so sorry to hear of Mom's passing Love and Prayers Bobby Blake