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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Betty Jean Walter, 85, of Columbia City, died at 2 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she had been a patient since Nov. 14.
She was born June 4, 1926, in Noble County, a daughter of Guy and Veneita (Earmick) Strouse.
Her formative years were spent on a farm off Ind. 9 near Chain-O-Lakes State Park.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School.
On May 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to John M. â€śJackâ€ť Walter. They always made their home in Columbia City.
Her memberships include Tri-Lakes Baptist Church.
Surviving relatives include her husband of 66 years, Jack; three children, Sue (Bruce) Miller, Sally Gerdes and John G. Walter, all of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren, Joy Miller and Ehren (Amanda) Gerdes.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Fairweather.
The memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Whitley County.
Condolences can be sent to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.