Betty P. Lashbrook

December 27, 2013

Betty P. Lashbrook, 84, of Frankfort, IN, passed away at Brownsburg Health Care Center, on Friday, December 27, 2013, after an extended illness.
Betty, or “Gram” as she came to be known to all of us, was born on March 30, 1929, in Hammond, IN, to Frank and Grace (Kaser) Pickering. She was one of seven children born in the Depression era; she was reared by her mother’s sister, Opal and Tom Vinard, from the time she was four years old.
She graduated from Frankfort High School and worked at Bakers Shoes, Alexander’s Shoe Store, Woolworth’s, and Bon Merritt’s before marrying William Lewis Lashbrook on May 17, 1947, in the Baptist Church parsonage. She was employed by Mallory’s for many years and once retired, enjoyed homemaking, baking and doting on her five grandchildren, Ryan & Gary Lewis, Jill Higbie, Lana Greene, and Leah Bradley.
Betty and Bill had lived in Jefferson, IN for many years and were members of the Jefferson United Brethren Church until Betty, widowed in 1998, moved to Wilshire Court Apartments in 2000. Betty’s church membership was then transferred to St. Matthew United Methodist Church where she enjoyed the sermons and music every Sunday until her physical decline prevented attendance. She was a woman of strong faith in God, home and family her entire life.
Bill and Betty enjoyed hosting family gatherings and New Year’s Eve parties’ throughout their married life for their family and friends. The Lashbrooks’ basement became a lively venue for some extremely competitive Ping-Pong and Pool competitions while the ladies played scrabble in the kitchen upstairs. The best part, of course, was anticipating Betty’s scrumptious desserts!

Visitation and Services

Visitation for Betty will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Goodwin Funeral Home from 1-3 p.m. The service will follow the visiting at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Frankfort.

Survived by:

Surviving Betty are three children, Linda (Leon) Gottfried of Brownsburg, IN, Mrs. Dave (Pamela) Davis of Kokomo, IN and Joe (Rose) Lashbrook of Frankfort, IN, also a sister, Beverly Virtue of Casselberry, FL. Betty was blessed with five grandchildren, Ryan & Gary Lewis, Jill Higbie, Lana Greene, and Leah Bradley. Along with ten precious great grandchildren: Brandon, Adam and Olivia Green, Alec and Ashlyn Bradley, Danielle and Dylan Lewis and Halle, Holden and Heide Higbie.

Preceded by:

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her siblings, Ruth, Tom, Donald, Jimmy and Josephine, and a grandson, Ryan Lewis.


9 Condolences for “Betty P. Lashbrook”

  1. Lynn Hale December 29, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Linda I am so sorry for your loss but knowing she is in a pain free and better place has to help you through this hard time!
    Don’t remember meeting her, but just hearing you talk about her mad me feel as though I had. She was a great lady and raised a great lady you are truly blessed!
    Prayers and love go out to you and your family
    A friend from the past,
    Lynn Bowen Hale

  2. Susie Peters-Thomas December 29, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Linda, Pam and Joe,
    Your mom is with the neighbors that we knew as our adult friends in our childhood.
    She is at rest now.
    You should all be at peace too knowing that she is ok again.
    Thinking of you Pam,
    Susie Peters-Thomas

  3. Tricia Pitts December 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I remember those New Years Eve parties well, your mom and dad were always entertaining, Bill would crack a joke and Betty would just smile at him, Betty was a beautiful soul and I feel blessed to have known her. I know you will all miss her greatly, but she left a wonderful legacy….her family. May God give you comfort and peace…love to you all Don & Tricia pitts

  4. Sherrill Carter December 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Sorry to learn of your mother’s passing, Pam. I always loved spending time in your home with you and your parents and attending church together. May your mom rest in peace.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Morgan and Sherrill Carter

  5. Sue Marshall Wright December 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I worked with Betty at Bakers and Alexander’s shoe store. She was the nicest person back then to be around. I am sorry to you all for your loss.

  6. Linda Guffy Ferguson (John) Crick December 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss Linda, Pam and Joe. Your mom was truly a beautiful lady and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.
    She is in a pain free place and will be with your dad and both will be watching over all of you.

  7. Mike Evans January 1, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Joe, Have not seen or heard from you for a looooong time!!!!! (We used to work at Rohn Spaulding) Have been out of town this week and just seen paper about your mother. You have our sympathy. Hopefully have a Better New Year.

  8. John Davis January 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Linda, Please tell your mother to look up my mother who passed in 1995. My mother would love to show her around and drink a cup of coffee with her. PS That was a nice picture of Bill, I remember him well in Jefferson. John Davis

  9. Tom Albitz January 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Linda, Pam, and Joey,
    I’m sorry for your loss, Betty was an anchor in the Jefferson community.

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