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Betty J. Verhest

February 10, 1945 — June 3, 2021

Betty J. Verhest, 76, of Columbia City, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021 at her home. Born February 10, 1945 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Alanzo and Florence (Koehling) Wickliffe.

She attended Southside High School and moved to Whitley County in 1988. She worked at Magnovox for 14 years and started working at Coupled Plastics in 1993, retiring in 2015. On November 19, 2005, she married DeWayne Verhest. She was a member of New Hope Wesleyan Church, Columbia City and enjoyed camping, bowling, crocheting and quilting.

Betty adored her grandchildren, loved Christmas time where she could bake wonderful cookies, watch endless movies on the Hallmark Channel and listen to Christmas movies. She found relaxation in tending to her flowers and listening to Elvis.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, DeWayne Verhest; children, Brenda Bowser, Debra (Dave) Bohto, Judy Johnson, Cheri (Gerald) Ford and Ernest Verhest; sister, Jean (Ron) Keller and Rosie Finney; seven special grandchildren and eight special great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kevin Bowser; brother, Albert Wickliffe; sister, Sue Koehl; and brothers-in-law, Bob Finney and Dave Koehl.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in memory to New Hope Wesleyan Church. Visit to send Betty's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern time)

DeMoney - Grimes (Columbia City)

600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725

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Monday, June 7, 2021

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