Betty Ann Born Wohlford of Roanoke, formerly of Kenton, Ohio passed away peacefully on March 1, 2012 at the age of 80. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Clayton Born. Also preceding her in death was her husband of 56 years, Charles and her brother, James Born. She is survived by five devoted children. Daughters are Teresa (Keith) Belcher and Vicky Kincanon. Sons are Steve (Jeanne) Wohlford, Philip (Donna) Wohlford, and Dale Wohlford. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jason (Amy) Belcher, Kristin (Tony) Dillard, Lauren (Doug) Crowder, Justin (Meg) Wohlford, Megan Wohlford, Brittany Gray, Phillip Gray, and Nathan Wohlford. She also had seven great-grandchildren, Harry and Bill Belcher, Kaitlin Mossor, Julian and Grayson Dillard, Tyson Wohlford, and Cameron Crowder. She is survived as well by her loving sister Janice (Jim) Legge of Kenton, Ohio and several special sisters-in-law and brothers-in- law and many nieces and nephews.
Following her high school graduation, Betty enjoyed working for Harry and Hugh Kaylor Law Firm in Kenton. She met her husband Charles while he was stationed in Bellefontaine, Ohio. They married in 1953 and moved to Virginia in 1955. She also worked for several years at A1 Bookkeeping in Roanoke. Betty excelled in secretarial and bookkeeping skills, even claiming a second place award in the state of Ohio. Her skills served her well as she partnered with her husband in their vinyl siding and replacement window business, Roanoke Improvement Company, for over 38 years. She performed accounting and bookkeeping duties as well as preparing taxes for their business.
In addition to her work, the work she found most rewarding was that of raising her family and being such a devoted wife to her husband. Together they set and reached many goals and dreams and had such fun in doing so. She and Charles traveled extensively in Europe during their retirement years. They especially enjoyed their 50th anniversary trip to Alaska. Life was always good and blessings were abundant. Betty served as a deaconess and member of the Board at First Christian Church in Roanoke for several years. Proverbs 31 best describes Betty as a virtuous woman, who was more precious than rubies. She always had a grateful heart, humble spirit, and was loving, patient, and kind. She graciously accepted her role as a wife and helpmate to her husband and mother to her children. It was amazing to us how much respect she earned with such a quiet and gentle spirit. A quote which best describes Betty’s philosophy on life is “speak only well of people and you need never whisper.”
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at First Christian Church, 344 Church Ave in Roanoke, The Revs. Chris Yopp and Jim Rivers will officiate and interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Oakey’s North Chapel. 540-362- 1237. Condolences may be made to www.oakeys.com.