Betty Jo Dees, 71, of New Paris, OH, died August 5, 2006, at her home. Born August 31, 1934, in Soldier, KY, she was the daughter of Burl and Celesta (Tate) Smith. She retired in 1996 after 35 years of service with the Richmond Baking Company in Richmond, IM. Mrs. Dees was a member of the Gospel Baptist Church of New Paris, and Bakery & Confectionery Workers Local #372B of Richmond. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Justine Feaselman, in 1996. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Raleigh Dees; sons and daughters-in-law, Marlin and Teresa Dees of Fountain City, IN, and Gerold and Aline Dees of New Paris; sisters, Hazel Goins of New Paris, Ithel Reed and Reva Cull, both of Richmond, Arlene Jenkins of Lexington, KY, Janet Moore of Trotwood, OH, and Earlene Wandersee of Centerville, IN; a brother, Carl Smith of Centerville, IN; grandchildren, Christina Hopkins, Diane Dees, Jerame Dees and Coty Smith; great-grandchildren, Cassidy Hopkins, Joshua Hopkins, Garrett Meade and Norman Logan Smith. Funeral services were August 8, 2006 at Barnes Funeral Home, New Paris, with the Rev. Gilmer Smith officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
Submitted by: Linda Cheeks Pittano