Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Elizabeth Grace “Betty” Seymour

Elizabeth Grace “Betty” Seymour, age 96, longtime Shiloh resident, died Monday, August 3, 2020 at The Willows at Willard.

Betty was born September 4, 1923 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Edwin and Grace (Durnell) Peterson. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Dayton and furthered her education at The Ohio State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1946. Betty was an elementary school teacher for her career, working in the Plymouth Shiloh School District for 25 years, and was proud to be named Outstanding Leader in Elementary Education in 1976.

Betty was very active and instrumental in making a positive impact in anything she was associated with. The highlights of her involvement and accomplishments are not limited to: OSU A.B. Graham Club, being a 4-H advisor for over 25 years, a member of both the Richland County and National Retired Teachers Associations, Shiloh Community Grange #2608 where she had been the Grange secretary for over 50 years, was a very active member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer of the church from 1965-2017, treasurer of Vacation Bible School, and served as treasurer of the Ecumenical Council of Shiloh and Plymouth, was a former member of the Shelby AARP Chapter #2791 where she served as chaplain, helped with the Ohio Reads program, and was proud to be the co-Grand Marshall of the Richland County Fair in 2000 with her husband, G. Deming.

Survivors include her children: Carolyn (Gordon) Hansen of Minier, IL and Dr. Richard (Vicki) Seymour of Muncie, IN; and 2 grandsons: Eric Hansen and Ryan Seymour. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband: G. Deming Seymour on June 3, 2003; 3 brothers: Phillip, Leonard, and John Peterson; and a sister: Florence Shepherd.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 11 am until the time of the service at 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Pastor John Grimm will officiate the services and burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Memorial contributions may be made to the Plymouth/Shiloh Food Pantry and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Betty’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Dianne Hange says:

    Carolyn and family, please accept my sincere condolences and take care. Losing our sweet mamas is very difficult no matter how old they are. I’m glad to hear you were there with her.

  2. Janna Peterson says:

    Normal First UMC Chancel Choir sends our love and prayers, Carolyn, to you and the whole family.

  3. Holly Korbas says:


    Sorry to read of your mother’s passing. She was always so kind to me and interested in all I was doing whenever I ran into her! We can never fill the holes our mothers leave behind when they pass. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Pamela Saunders( Rinehart ) says:

    Carol and Richard,
    So, sorry for the loss of your Mother. What a remarkable Lady!
    Not only did I have her for my 4th grade teacher, she was also a mentor for me while in 4-h through so many different path I chose while in my teen years.
    Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Nancy Dawson Ousley says:

    You have our deepest sympathy!She was a wonderful lady and neighbor on Guthrie Rd. Best wishes to you all!

  6. Belinda Inmon Runyon says:

    I am very sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. She was a very special lady. I was in Shiloh Fair Lassies 4-H club and she was also my 4th grade teacher. She was always very encouraging. Thanks for touching my life Mrs. Seymour.

  7. Marietta Marvin Mason says:

    You are in my prayers as you celebrate the life of your mom. May you be surrounded by many friends and family as you gather to remember her.

  8. Carol Brooks says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a wonderful lady. I worked with her in number of interchurch services and meetings. She was always kind an generous. She has been missed the last few years.

  9. Dr. Ruby Cain says:

    Dr. Seymour

    Extending deepest expressions of sympathy and prayers of comfort to you and your family at this time. May precious memories of your mother, the lives she touched, and the inspiration she provided to you and others to go into the noblest of professions (educator) serve to soothe the void she leaves.

  10. Roberta Mathias says:

    Carolyn, you have my deepest sympathy with the passing of your Mother. She was indeed a wonderful lady. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  11. Sally (Vonstein) Petrie says:

    Carolyn and Richard,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a great inspiration to me in the 4th grade and wanted all her kids to strive for the best. She was always encouraging to me in 4-H even though I wasn’t in her club. She always wanted Shiloh kids to excel. My prayers are with you at this time.

  12. Pam Briner Hugel says:

    So sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of your parents over the years due to school and 4-H. Remember all the goods times with them. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  13. Kris Simpson says:

    I cannot be there to express the loss that we all feel, but know my spirit is singing the OSU fight song from here In Columbus
    My deepest sympathy to all

  14. Dr. Regina Giraldo-Garcia says:

    Dr. Seymour,
    Please receive my deepest condolences for the passing of your mother. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

  15. David J. Roof says:

    Dear Richard & Family,

    I am wishing you all solace during this difficult time. I know she will be missed. Please know that we are thinking of you. I am glad you were able to spend time together.

  16. Joanne Kirsch says:

    So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She was a very special lady and we’ll be thinking of you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Best regards,
    Joan Kirsch

  17. Bo Chang says:

    Dear Dr. Seymour,

    I am sorry for the passing of your mother! I read her introduction and she had a wonderful life!

    You look like your mother!

  18. Jackie Dunn says:

    Deepest Sympathy to your families with the loss of your mother and grandmother. I have so many great memories of Betty. What a super lady with so much energy!
    Sincerely, Jackie Dunn

  19. Melody Bryant says:

    My sincere sympathy to the family. Betty was a wonderful lady, and I feel honored to have known her (and Deming). I pray that your good memories are a comfort, and that the Lord gives you peace in the days to come.

  20. James & Marisa Elliott says:

    We are very sorry for your loss, and offer our deepest and most sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  21. Randy McGriff says:

    Rich, I am sorry for your loss. Your Mother sounds like she was quite the lady. I hope your wonderful memories will help at this time. My condolences and I am thinking of you my friend.

  22. Richard Russell says:

    Richard & Carolyn –
    Our very deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. So many wonderful memories of her in the classroom on the “other” side of the hallway at Shiloh Elementary, along with the many years 4-H mentorship, along with your dad, to everyone in our generation in Richland County. I was fortunate to see her at The Willows last year and the year before (I was there to photograph the Willard prom goers) and had a nice, although too short, conversation with her at that time.
    Best Regards,
    – Richard

  23. Rose and Dennis Jaeckin says:

    Seymour Family: It is with deepest sadness that we extend our sympathies at the passing of such a great lady. “Blessed be the Lord, my Rock” and this was what Betty truly was for so many of us, whether it was her students, her 4-H and Grange, or her church and ecumenical group. We did so cling to her and sought her guidance. I know she is happy with Deming and her Lord eternally now.

  24. Charlotte Stephens Cunningham says:

    Your Mom was my 4th grade teacher. I loved 4th grade because of her. She was always firm but kind. Carolyn do you remember bringing the class chopsticks from your trip to Japan? (I think) I also remember having a special day where we got to see kimonos and other items you shared. I think she smiled all day that day! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Richard, and your families. May the wonderful memories of your Mom and the legacy she leaves behind give you comfort.

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