At approximately 8:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, the world lost a dear lady, Betty Lee (Larew) Ping. She succumbed to hereditary pulmonary fibrosis, which was exacerbated by a bout with bronchitis which turned into pneumonia. She enjoyed 91 years of life.
She was born near Waynetown, in a small spot-in-the-road town called Elmdale Oct. 18, 1926. She was born with a severe club foot. Her parents made numerous trips to Riley Hospital in the first 10 years of her life to correct it. In high school Mrs. Ping loved music so was part of a vocal trio and sextet. Also, her parents had a small marimba that she learned to play and did so at several functions. After graduation, she was employed at the Farm Bureau Coop in Crawfordsville as a bookkeeper. Two of her co-workers also loved music and loved to sing, so they formed a trio that sang at various functions.
1946 was a happy year for Mrs. Ping and her family as the war ended and her 5 brothers were coming home from the military. Also, a young man she’d known from high school, Tom Ping, came home and asked her for a date. She accepted and 6 months later on Nov. 17, 1946, they were married.
They lived most of their married life on farms and Mrs. Ping wrote poems about their farm life. However, in 1956 they bought a house in the Town of Mulberry and lived there for 8 years. While there, Mrs. Ping was employed as the head cashier for the Associates Investment Co. of Lafayette. She worked there for 9 years. Her Husband worked at a local grain elevator.
In November of 1959 she and her husband became members of the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and remained in this faith until both of their deaths.
Survivors include 5 daughters; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild on the way.
Her parents, 10 brothers and sisters, husband, one son-in-law, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild proceeded her in death. Mrs. Ping looked forward to seeing her husband, family, friends, and others who remained loyal, again on a paradise earth that Jehovah and Jesus Christ have cleansed of the wicked after Armageddon.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St., Sheridan, Indiana, with visitation scheduled from 2 p.m. until the time of service.