Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Betty Ruth (Conley) Adkins

Betty Ruth (Conley) Adkins, age 82, of Shelby, born on July 28, 1936 in Garrett, Kentucky, went home to be her Lord and Savior on July 21, 2019. She died at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a short and unexpected illness.

Betty married Rev. S.T. Adkins on October 18, 1954. To this union were born four girls: Brenda (Bernie) Highfield, Linda (Ronald) Neeley, Kathy (Dennis) Robey, and Karen (Michael) Barnett; her grandchildren: Tina (Bruce), Misty (Jamie), Angela (Dustin), Tom (Jessica), Mark, Stacy (Ryan), Ashlee, Todd (Courtney), Bradd, Deven (Katlynn), Rhonda (Andy), Joyce, Bridget (David); her great grandchildren: Lexi, Kaelyn, Izaiah, Zac, Prestyn, Mason, Bryke, Keaton, Madison, Abram, Eliana, Ethan, Alex, Griffin, Halia, Abby, Ellie, Kayla, Patty, and Alex. She has one great great grandchild, Maeleigh, and many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents: Johnnie and Cora (Handshoe) Conley; her daughter and son-in-law: Linda and Ronald Neeley; 2 granddaughters: Ashlee and Joyce; 4 brothers: Robert, Clay, Harold, and Gerald; and 2 sisters: Thelma and Gladys. She was a 1954 graduate of Tiro High School and retired from UFORMA in Shelby.

Betty loved being a Grandma and Nana. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and working in the church. She was an active member of the Greenwich Baptist Church and loved being a part of the women’s ministry. There will never be a Wife, Mom, Grandma, Nana, and a mother-to-many, like Betty. She is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. As she would always say to family, “Love ya, Catcha later!”

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 6-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1 pm. Rev. Danny Hamilton and Rev. Gary Adkins will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to offset final expenses and left in care of the funeral home.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Judy Hall says:

    My heart is heavy for all of you. Betty was a good wife, mother, grandmother and humble Christian.
    I remember being a very little girl and attending Tiro church with my mom and dad. She never missed a Sunday. Your family has always held a VERY special place in my heart.
    I pray for all you to find strength in God. Heaven gained another angel. Betty is now walking the streets of gold.
    Oh what a view she must have.
    I love each and every one of you.

    Love Judy and Summer!

  2. Becky Lykins says:

    Sweet Betty- I am so so sorry for your family, this is a huge loss. I wish that I physically could be there for you all. I loved her so much as I know all of you do. Until we meet again Betty 🙁

    Love and Prayers,

  3. Kim Brinker says:

    S.T, Karen and Rest of the family, I’m so sorry to hear about Betty. Being in Michigan, been many yrs since I’ve seen her, but always the kindest soul, you’d ever meet when came up to the church. Its never easy losing a precious loved one, but it’s comforting know, though she’s left her earthly HOME, there was a reunion in Heaven. May God wrap his arm around each one of you, and give you comfort til you see her again. Prayers, to All and God Bless!

  4. Bobby Hall says:

    To all of the Family. I am so sorry for your loss. It is sad and hard to let go as we all know to well. My heart is also sad but we can all rejoice in that she is with our Lord and her Daughter Linda and both at at total rest. What a sweet and wonderful reunion there must be going on in heaven as God has welcomed another one of his Saints. My thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you, not just now but always. May God bless and give you strength in this emotional time.

  5. jeanette mosley says:

    To the Adkins family you have my deepest sympathy i will be think of you all during this difficult time praying for all the family Jeanette Mosley.

  6. jeanette mosley says:

    To the Adkins family so sorry for your loss Betty was a special lady. and a role model for all the younger women she will be missed you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Bobby Hall says:

    To all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is also sad but we can rejoice knowing she is now at rest. What a wonderful reunion there is as another one of Gods Saints crossed over and she was able to be with Linda. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all, not just today but always.

  8. Lawrence Frontz says:

    To the Adkins family : So much love in this family, Betty is a very loving person who loves the Lord and all of her family. I know how hard it is to loose a loved one. My sincere condolences to all. I pray for Gods strength to carry you through.

  9. Nancy Abbott says:

    I have such fond memories of Mrs. Adkins as we grew up across the road from them. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbors and I’m so grateful for her life! I am praying for your comfort and peace. My dad expressed his sadness and fond memories as I shared with him the news today. Love to you all! Nancy

  10. Carter and Christine says:

    The Bible says “ our loss is Heavens gain“ but oh how we will miss her even tho we’re so far away we stayed in touch every week or so. Loved her dearly’. Our hearts are heavy with sadness with love to all the Family. Many many years of fond memories. God Bless you all. Chris and Carter Volner

  11. Tina Gregory says:

    My heart hurts for the family through one of the hardest times in life, Betty was not only a very loving person but caring and generous to everyone. I had the privilege of growing up in the same church as her and many of nights coming to their house with the youth group. We know she is where she wants to be now with our Father in heaven, you can not help but smile knowing she finally made it home….❤️

  12. Traci Seibert says:

    Karen and Family, you have my sincere sympathy.

  13. Loretta says:

    My heart goes out to each and everyone , God gained another special angle , always remember it’s not good bye .. but till we meet again

  14. Kristina Brown Smith says:

    Dear Brenda, How sorry I am to hear that your mom passed away. When I was in your house, she was very kind. Now she is walking with Jesus. May God comfort you with his love and peace.

  15. Chantell conley says:

    On behalf of the family of Gary Conley, we extend our love and prayers to all of the family. God Bless you all.

  16. Sue Wills says:

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Betty. My heart goes out to ST and family. We all loved her very much. Love and prayers to all.

  17. Karen lykins Enderle says:

    Rev st and girls my heart so breaks for you all may the lord comfort you all threw this ruff time. My love and prays to you all God bless you all.

  18. Margaret Blubaugh says:

    Tim and I are so very sorry for your sudden loss of your dear beloved wife mother and grandmother. She was such a wonderful loving devoted faithful person and Christian. She leaves behind a life long testimony for her Lord inside and out. She was an inspiration to so many people including my family. My mom and dad went to Tiro for many years and loved them both dearly. As a teenager I spent many weekends and time in the summer with your family when you lived in Shelby. You girls may not remember but I know your dad will. You all made me feel so welcome and at home. This was many years ago but I hold those memories dear.Tim and I so looked forward and enjoyed her daily posts on fb thanking the Lord for all of her many blessings and for giving her another beautiful day. Life can change so sudden and unexpectedly and we are all one breath from eternity. Life is but a vapor and can be gone when we least expect it as with Betty. But another Child of God has gone home and received her crown and cradled in the arms of Jesus for ever more. Betty and I had private messaged a couple of times over a post she had saw on fb. She was very concerned with worry over someone and a situation with my family. She was the most caring loving person and so easy to talk to she will be missed so very much by so many and her loving husband and family. I know your dad is lost without his soulmate of so many years. But Glory be to God for sending his Son making a way for us all to see our loved ones again some day. We send our deepest condolences to each and every one of you during the next few very difficult days and months ahead. Sending you all much love and many many prayers of peace and comfort. God Bless each and every one of you Jesus will go with you all the way.

  19. Margaret Blubaugh says:

    Tim and I are so very sorry for the loss of your wife mother and grandmother. Betty was a wonderful dear lady inside and out. Her testimony was shown in her daily Christian life. As a teenager I went to church with my mom and dad for many years at Tiro. During that time I spent many weekends and time in the summer with you guys when you lived in Shelby. That was many years ago so you girls may not remember but they are dear memories I hold close to my heart. Betty anI had private messaged a while back over a post she saw on fb with concern and worry about someone and a situation with my family. She was such a loving caring person. Tim and I also loved seeing her daily posts thanking the Lord for all of his many blessings. She will truly be missed by so many especially all of you. Another Child of God gone home and Glory e to God he sent his Son that we might see our loved ones again some day. Your in our daily thoughts and prayers in the difficult days and weeks to come. Sending you all each and every one much love and prayers of comfort and peace. May God Bless and Walk with you all.

  20. Amy Neeley Rouse says:

    I was saddened to hear of Betty’s passing. My heart and prayers go out to you Brother Shirley and your family. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  21. Dana Webster says:

    I love you Aunt Betty and you will be greatly missed. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. My thoughts are with each in every one of the the family memeber’s Uncle S.T and all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the rest of the family. Even though I can not be there in flesh just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Ann Cooper says:

    Karen, Tina and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Betty. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I will not be able to make the calling hours as I will be traveling back to Ohio and I have a prior commitment on Thursday and can’t make the funeral. I will be lifting your family up in prayer during this time. In Christian Love Ann

  23. Amy Brown says:


    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. You have my deepest sympathy.

  24. Dianna Hamilton says:

    Our hearts are saddened today for the Adkins family,Sis Betty will be missed by many.Her life was her testimony and she lived it daily for Jesus Christ.I am so thankful she had a great part of my life.I have many precious memories of her,Br Adkins and their beautiful daughters they shaped my life as a Christian.Sis Betty is now with her Lord Jesus Christ and I’m so glad we shall meet again.Prayers for Br ST,and their 3 daughters Kathy,Brenda,Karen and Linda who is also in Heaven with her mom Sis Betty.I can only imagine their union.Thank you Jesus for your Saving Grace and thank you for preparing a place called Heaven for all that Believe,Prayers for this precious family. With our Love Sis Dianna and Br Danny Hamilton

  25. Jim and Barbara Eakins says:

    Sincere sympathy to the entire Adkins family. What a wonderful legacy Betty left. We should all strive to emulate her and finish well as she did.

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