Betty Jean Margraf, 91, of Tiffin, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, 2013, at Elmwood Assisted Living at the Shawhan.
She was born July 30, 1922, in Toledo, to John C. and Jessie (Waterman) Miller. She married Burton Margraf Aug. 17, 1946, at Trilby United Methodist Church, near Toledo, and he preceded her in death in 1999.
Survivors include her son, David (Ellen) Margraf of Canyon Lake, Texas; two grandchildren, David (Susan) Greene of Dakota, Minn., and Heather Greene of Houston, Texas; nine great-grandchildren, Samantha, Logan, Keegan, Calvin, Isabelle, Joselyn, Rochelle, Ethan and Gabrielle; son-in-law, Neil Bradley of Tiffin; two nephews, Larry (Rebecca) Theller of Battle Ground, Ind., and James (Mary) Theller of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and a niece, Susan (Ned) Moritz of Casa Grande, Ariz.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Donna Bradley Dec. 29, 2009; and her sister, Donna Theller in 1966.
Betty graduated from DeVilbiss High School, Toledo, in 1940 and from University of Toledo in 1944 with a bachelor of business administration degree. While in college, Betty worked in the registrar's office on a service scholarship. World War II was on so she became a junior hostess at the USO.
After graduation, she also continued USO activities in Phoenix, Ariz., and Long Beach, Calif., while holding secretarial positions. It was in Long Beach at a USO dance that she met her future husband and came to Tiffin, his hometown.
Betty was a homemaker while their children were young. Then she attended Heidelberg for teacher training and taught fourth grade at Sycamore School in the Mohawk District for 23 years, retiring in 1987. Music and boating were her hobbies and she also enjoyed reading newspapers and books and volunteering at Fairhaven Community, Upper Sandusky.
In December 2006, Betty moved back to Tiffin to be near her family, after living in Upper Sandusky for 38 years. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Tiffin, the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association, Tiffin American Legion Auxiliary No. 169, University of Toledo Alumni Association, Tiffin Chapter No. 189 O.E.S and Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as treasurer from 1984-1994.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424 with the Rev. Pam Easterday officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tiffin St. John's United Church of Christ or the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.