Betty Jane Bower

Betty Jane Bower, 96, of Marietta, passed away at 11:23 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2013) at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Nov. 22, 1913, at McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of William and Elizabeth McMillen Carlson. She was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and had taught home economics. Betty Jane was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Marietta Garden Club and AAUW.

On Nov. 18, 1939, she married John Bower, who preceded her in death on April 2, 1996.

Four daughters survive, Linda Baugh of North Carolina, Sue (Walt) Brothers of Marietta, Anne Klein of New Jersey, Wendy Wilson of Marietta; eight grandchildren, including two locally, Libby Wilson Caster and Emily Brothers; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers; and one sister.

A memorial service will be held on April 20, 2013, at a time and place to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, Ohio, 45750. McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home is assisting the family and messages of sympathy may be sent at