Betty Louise Parker Meyer, age 99, of Newark, Ohio and a resident of Middleton of Granville died
peacefully July 27th, 2020 after a recent diagnosis of Covid 19.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard J Meyer; and grandson Frank Byers III.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Lee (Frank Jr.) Byers and Sharon Lynn (Richard) Harlan;
grandchildren, Blaine (Kendra) Byers, Elizabeth (Steve) Gaubert, Craig Harlan,
Christina (Patrick) Ondrozeck; great grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, Bryan and Brooke Byers,
Cameron, Jordan and Julia Byers, Laine, Reed, Ren, Lille, Ryen and Maren Gaubert. In addition
many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews who she adored.
Betty was a lifelong volunteer in Licking County well into her nineties. She was a 37 year
volunteer at Licking Memorial Hospital in the Emergency and Outpatient surgery center. Her
friendships with many of the doctors, nurses and staff made her later years trips to the
emergency room a social event for many. In 2009 LMH honored Betty with their Volunteer of the Year
Betty was a lifelong supporter of veteran’s charities in honor of her brother, Robert Earl Parker,
who is missing in action from the WWII Pacific Ocean theater. Betty kept his memory alive by
sharing his story of heroism with her grandchildren and others and being an active member of the
American Legion Newark Chapter. She looked forward to hosting bi-annual parties at the
Veterans Home in Chillicothe to provide entertainment, food and friendship to the disabled
residents who she connected with so dearly. She made sure that each party included a delivery
of clean clothes and personal items for the veterans whose families often had forgotten them.
She often came home in tears from these visits touched by the simple generosity, love and hugs,
she felt blessed to receive.
Betty worked for many years at the Licking County Alcohol Prevention Program. She visited local
elementary schools to talk with children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. She was a
loving and caring Grandma figure to many who looked forward to making sure they got to sit next
to her at lunch. These visits and her friendships with the school nurses allowed her to identify a
need within her community. When a nurse mentioned the dire circumstances of children coming
to school without the basic necessities like clean clothes, socks, underwear or coats, Betty
stepped up to personally deliver those most needed items. With the constant support of the
Newark Maennerchor, Betty expanded her mission by selling baked goods at every monthly
spaghetti dinner to raise donations and serve more schools. She was quickly serving seven
schools and often shopping for children with specific needs to make sure that they would not go
without. Many businesses in Newark/Heath donated yearly to her cause and the TWIG of LMH
started giving her the used childrens clothes they did not sell at their thrift store location.
Betty was honored in 2015 as Park National Bank’s “Make A Difference” Volunteer. A luncheon
was held in her honor and she donated her cash award to the Salvation Army in Newark where
she was a volunteer.
In 2016 Betty Meyer was inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame as awarded
by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. She was recognized as a community leader who had
demonstrated a lifelong commitment to her community. Betty was born and raised in the South
End of Newark and was always proud to call Licking County her home.
Betty received a Proclamation in 2018 from the Board of the Licking County Commissioners
for her loyalty and commitment to serving her community.
Betty had a tremendous love for her friends and family that was evident in everything she did.
She cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren from toddler to adult and delighted in
being called their Goo Goo. She enjoyed visiting with and traveling with her daughters here and
abroad. She never passed up an adventure or a party and was proud to tell she had walked on
the Great Wall of China, ridden a camel for a mile at the pyramids of Egypt and dined in the Eiffel
Tower. She was a loyal friend who delighted in many activities from card club, puzzles and bingo
to her “clubs” around Newark. There was rarely a night that Betty was not enjoying herself out.
She loved a party and truly connecting with people. Her ability to make people feel at ease and to
know that she cared about them was extraordinary. Everyone that knew her got a hug and a kiss,
including total strangers. She left a legacy to many in being a role model for a life well lived with
integrity and an abundance of love and joy to share.
Betty wished to be reunited in death with her beloved husband Maynard, and her family takes
comfort in knowing that that has finally come to pass.
Betty’s family will be honoring her life in a celebration post Covid and ask that if you knew her and
loved her that you have a toast in her honor until we are all reunited.
Posthumously Betty can be found on YouTube, search Betty Meyer Legacy.
Obituary submitted by the Meyer family.
I met Betty several years ago at VFW and I can tell you she was loved by all and I always got a kind word from her with a kiss and hug.She was one special lady
I didn't know Betty but I read here all that was written so lovingly about her, I sure wish I had had that honor. Her daughter was a classmate of mine and she and her family will sadly miss her. I lost my mother in 1963 and I loved her so much and still miss her every day of my life. Rest in...
I didn't know Betty but I read here all that was written so lovingly about her, I sure wish I had had that honor. Her daughter was a classmate of mine and she and her family will sadly miss her. I lost my mother in 1963 and I loved her so much and still miss her every day of my life. Rest in peace, Betty.
Betty lived beside my husband and I when we lived at the Condos at Goosepond Rd. She became my friend and a "Grandma" to my son. We continued to stay in touch after we left Newark. She was a great person and we will truly miss her.
To the Meyer Family,
Betty was a bright & constant presence at the Newark Mannerchor. She was quick to volunteer her time & always had a smile on her face. Betty will certainly be missed.
Betty was one special lady that we had the honor of knowing. She will be missed by all...Sorry for your loss.