On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, Betty Carmen Riegel, a long-time resident of Jackson, Ohio, loving wife and mother, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 68.
Betty passed away in her home in Jackson, Ohio surrounded by her beloved friends and family. She was born on June 28, 1950 in Williamson, West Virginia to Frank and Gertrude Merricks. Betty attended and graduated Jackson High School, Class of 1968. On June 27, 1970 she married Carl Dean Riegel and together they had two sons, Jimmy and Steven Riegel. Betty was a devoted wife and mother and spent many years serving and caring for her family as a homemaker.
Throughout her life Betty was a woman of great faith and served her Lord as a member of the church she grew up in, Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, and later, Wesley United Methodist Church. Betty truly loved the Lord and one of her greatest passions in life was to serve Him through her activities at church and in the community of Jackson.
Betty attended the University of Rio Grande where she earned an Associate’s degree in Medical Office Assistant in 2002. Throughout her life Betty made many close friends and relationships through her employment endeavors at Engraving Plus, Big Bear grocery, Oak Hill Family Practice, and Holzer Clinic Jackson.
During her life Betty had many interests including gardening, reading, spending time with friends, shopping with her sisters, traveling, volunteering, cooking, and serving her family with unfailing love. Her greatest joy came from being a grandmother to her beloved five grandchildren. Betty’s friends and family would describe her spirit as one full of grace, generosity, kindness, gentleness, patience, faith, humility, elegance, comfort, and her belief in the goodness of people. Betty’s personality was guided most by her faith in Jesus Christ.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gertrude Merricks; and her brothers, Jim Goff and Ronnie Merricks. She is survived by her husband, Carl Dean Riegel of Jackson; two sons, Jimmy (Angela) Riegel of Jackson and Steven (Jennifer) Riegel of Jackson; her five grandchildren, Kennedy Riegel, Brady Riegel, Grant Riegel, Joslyn Riegel, and Carmen Riegel; her brother, David (Marge) Goff of Lincolnton, NC; and her sisters, Linda (Richard) Coyan of Circleville, OH, and Elizabeth (Brian) Isaacs of London, OH. She is also survived by her two sisters-in-law, Betty Goff of Jackson, OH, and Linda Merricks of Piketon, OH.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held for Betty at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Jackson, OH on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com