Betty Jean Arent
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Betty Jean Arent
  • September 14, 1925 - June 28, 2017
  • Lancaster, Ohio

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Betty (Reid) Arent, 91 of Lancaster Ohio. Surrounded by her loving family Betty passed to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Fairfield Medical Center. Betty joins the love of her life, husband Peter E. Arent and son Malcolm Keith Arent Sr.
Betty was born to the late Bertha (Wilson) and John Reid Sr. on September 14th, 1925. Betty and her 13 siblings enjoyed the Cedar Heights area of Lancaster while growing up. In her early career Betty worked in Purchasing for Diamond Power. She was retired from Arent's Grocery and also served as a Lancaster City Council member, serving neighbors and residents of Lancaster.
Betty is survived by; Michelle (Arent) and Jerry Mathias, Melody (Arent) and Tom Bobbitt, Luzimila (Lopez) Arent, and Melissa Arent. She is also survived by the following grandchildren; Malcolm Keith Arent Jr. and Katie (Poling) Arent, Michael and Lisa (Gutierrez) Arent, Joseph and Marquessa (Arent) Ortega, Jerry and Kelly (Dwyer) Mathias, Terry and Ashley (Mathias) Thompson, Aaron and Abby (Mathias) Begley, Amber Bobbitt and Aaron Bobbitt. Betty's survivors also include great grandchildren; Jered and Kensy Mathias, Javier Ortega, Annice Thomspon, Landon and Jaxon Begley, Madison, Kevin, Marisol, Danica and Malcolm Keith Arent III.
The Reid's of Cedar Heights had 14 children and Betty was blessed with being the oldest daughter. She loved her siblings and enjoyed all the family gathering throughout the years. Betty is survived by her 2 sisters and their husbands; Jeanette and Ed Morris and Linda and Bob Young. She is also survived by her 4 brothers and their spouses; George and Jean Reid, Larry and Janet Reid, Ray and Patti Reid, Bill and Paula (Burke) Reid. Several nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Betty is proceeded in death by her parents John and Bertha Reid and her siblings; John Reid Jr., Helen Conrad, Mary Cunningham, Louise Shaw, Lucille Joos, Robert (BoBo) Reid, Tom Reid.
With a smile on her face Betty rarely missed the opportunity to talk with friends and strangers. Her indomitable spirit encouraged her family and friends to always persist in the face of struggles. She gave of herself first to God, family, then to the community. She was a tireless and selfless volunteer. She was patriotic, enjoyed public service, and served on many campaigns for countless endeavors. She was a long time member of the American Cancer Relay for Life and joining with friends with the Circle of Hope group for Cancer patients. Betty helped raised funds for the United Appeal, United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanities and other charities. She was President of the PTO and Room Mother's at Cedar Heights School for many years. Betty was a Boy Scout den mother helping many boys from the area achieve their badges. If something was needed she was there to give her time. During her years on City Council she worked countless hours to assist residents in the Reese Addition and brought paved streets to the Cedar Heights area. She was very instrumental in bringing new infrastructure to the area. She encouraged doing for your community. One of her favorite quotes "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country", by John F. Kennedy
For almost 30 years Betty owned and operated with her husband, Arent's Grocery. Betty became friends with many, a second mother to many, a confidant, and a minister to children through the grocery. Children would come to the Grocery for pop and penny candy and sit on the pop case to talk with Betty.
Betty was strong in her faith and would encourage others to bring GOD into their life.
Special Thanks to Missy Arent and Ashley Mathias for their never ending compassion and care. The family also expresses thanks to Doctor Aebi for his special care, FMC Palliative Care Team and to the emergency response team of the Lancaster Fire Department.
Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4-8 at Victory Hill Church of God with a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. Monday also at the church. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangement handled by the Halteman Fett-Dyer funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Victory Hill Food Pantry or Connexion West at 4000 Coonpath Road, Carroll, OH 43112.