Betty J. (Roland) Books

Date of Death: 7/24/2018

Betty J. (Roland) Books

October 21, 1924 – July 24, 2018


Betty J. Books, 93, Altoona, formerly of Greenwood, passed away Tuesday at UPMC Altoona.

Betty was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John L. and Clara E. (Barngesser) Roland. She married Paul L. Books on March 26, 1949 and he preceded her in death on July 19, 1997.

She is survived by two sons: P. Richard Books (Shirley) of Altoona and David R. Books (Carol) of Altoona; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Baker (Ray) of Altoona; five grandchildren: Debra Baker (Ryan Hufford), Jesse Fresh (Brian), Kristin Books, Christopher Rowles (Laurie) and Chastity Kienzle (John); numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis R. Roland (Jane) of Altoona; a sister: Carol Anslinger of Altoona and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by brothers: John L. Roland, Jr., Eugene H. Roland, Donald D. Roland and sisters: Ida Marie Powell, Marjorie Salyards and Margaret Davis and Judith Yingling.

Betty was a member of First Lutheran Church and was a lifetime member of Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

She retired from Tritex Sportsware as a sewing machine operator and previously worked at A&P Bakery.

She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, watching Television and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 4-8 pm, Thursday, July 26, 2018 at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 2309 Broad Avenue, Altoona, 16601. A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Friday, July 27, 2018 at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc. by Pastor Barry R. Folmar.  Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 in Betty’s memory.

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