Betty Lou (Fisher) Lemley, 84, of Barboursville, W.Va., passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington, W.Va., after a short illness of bone cancer.
She was born in 1928 in Spencer, W.Va., the daughter of the late Floyd Fenton Simmons and Margaret Simmons Reid. As an infant, she moved with her family to Gallipolis, Ohio, where she lived for 72 years. Betty graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1946 and in May, married WWII returning sailor O. Steele Fisher. Betty and Steele owned and operated Economy Dry Cleaners for 20 years in Gallipolis, Ohio. Following Steele’s passing in 1976, Betty worked at the Gallia County Courthouse as a bookkeeper. In 1982, Betty married Andy Lemley of Gallipolis, Ohio. After Andy’s death in 2000, she moved to Barboursville, W.Va., to live near her daughter’s (Melanie Herr) family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Floyd Fenton Simmons, Jr., George A. Simmons and James Simmons. She is survived by sister, Isabel Marino of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Thomas (Ester) Reid of Beavercreek, Ohio; son, Michael (Sarah) Fisher of Richardson, Texas; daughter, Melanie (Fred) Herr of Huntington, W.Va.; daughter, Karen Lemley Meadows of West Chester, Ohio; son, Bill (Lesa) Lemley of Gallipolis, Ohio; daughter, Susan Lemley Berry of South Point, Ohio; 10 loving grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church of Huntington, W.Va., where she participated in the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Betty always enjoyed Arts and Crafts including sewing, knitting, ceramics, and stain glass projects.
She will be remembered by family and friends as an intelligent lady, quick with constructive advice, and having a great sense of humor. Betty was the person that all of us consulted for her wisdom and guidance. Our beloved matriarch’s teachings, character, and values will be cherished and passed to future generations.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville, W.Va. Burial will be at Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Huntington, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Johnson Memorial UMC, P.O. Box 26, Huntington, W.Va. 25706.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.