Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Mitchell Ford, 77, of Youngstown, Ohio, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2013 with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Feb. 5, 1936 in Ridgway, the daughter of the Daniel and Mabel (Schmiedel) Mitchell, and moved to the Youngstown area in 1956.
Betty was a 12-year cancer survivor. She was a member of St. Matthias Church, the 7th Ward Citizens Coalition and the Cochran Park Neighbors. She was a dog groomer, a member of the Kroger Price Patrol and enjoyed hauling with her husband.
She loved antiques, having garage sales and sitting on her front porch with her husband Don and her cats.
She will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her gift of listening, wonderful giving personality and the time that she had spent with her family.
She leaves behind to hold on to her precious memories her husband of over 57 years, Donald Ford, whom she married on Jan. 22, 1956; her children, Janice (Tom) Rovnak of Youngstown, Ohio, Cindy (Ron) Lovich of Edenburg, Pa., Don (Helen) Ford of Boardman, Ohio, Cherie (Mark) Sefcik of Austintown, Ohio, Robert (Mary) Ford of Boardman, Ohio, and David M. (Darla) Ford of Struthers, Ohio; 13 grandchildren, Tommy (Melissa), Robert and Johnny Rovnak, Christine (Nick) Dean, Stephanie and Chas Kunovich, Robert Jr. and Joshua Ford, Nicole (Erik) Matson, Brooke Harris-Ford, and Davia, Haley, and David Jr. Ford; eight step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, Thomas, Alex, Kaitlyn, Nathaniel Rovnak, twins Leah and Cora Dean just born on Betty’s birthday, and Sophia and Benjamin Matson; seven step-great-grandchildren; her twin brother, Jack Mitchell of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a special, niece Kathy (Bill) Penfield of Ridgway, Pa. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Ford; a sister, Marion Fannin; and three brothers, Paul, Everett, and Raymond Mitchell.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Mitchell Ford will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St., Youngstown, Ohio, with the Rev. Msgr. Peter M. Polando officiating, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, Ohio.
Burial will take place at Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.
Visitation was on Monday, Feb. 11 at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com . to view her obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Betty’s family.