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Aug 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Bettie E. Becher

Bettie Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Bettie Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Bettie E. Becher, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Bettie E. Becher
May-Nov. 1922

Bettie Evelin Becher was the daughter of George Jacob “Edward” and Hulda (Berron) Becher, born 6 May 1922 in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Bettie had a twin sister, Mary Helen Becher, and both girls were baptized at Zion Chatt on 17 June 1922. The baptismal sponsors for both girls were Margarethe Laderman and Helen Bollenbacher.

Bettie’s name is spelled several different ways on various records: Bettie on her tombstone, Bettie Evelin on her death certificate, and Bette Evelyn on her baptismal record in Zion’s record book.

Bettie Becher died of pneumonia on 29 November 1922 in Hopewell Township. She was 6 months and 23 days old [1] and was buried on 1 December. She was survived by her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.

Bettie had the following siblings who were all baptized at Zion Chatt:
Luther Kenneth Becher
Richard Paul Becher
Louis Robert Becher
Merlin Franklin Becher
Mary Helen Becher
Dorothy Lucile Becher

According to her father Edward’s obituary, Edward and Hulda had two additional children: Lura and Lavern.

Bettie’s grandparents, Jacob and Mary (Kettering) Becher, are also buried at Zion. Bettie’s parents Edward and Hulda are buried in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 6 Aug 2016), Bettie Evelin Becher, 29 Nov 1922; from Hopewell Twp, Mercer, OH, file no.61653; from FHL microfilm 1992072.

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