Betty Ann Merrill Vawter, 92, Sheridan, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 29, 2018 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

She was born to Grover "Pat" Merrill and Effie (Pickard) Merrill on July 24, 1926 in Scircleville, Ind., located in Clinton County.  She was sixth in line of eight children born.

Betty and Samuel M. Vawter were married on Jan. 25, 1947 in Hamilton County, Indiana. Together they had four children, three sons and one daughter. They raised the children in the house on the southwest corner of Highway 47 at the Hamilton-Boone County Line Road. She recalled that after a huge snowfall one winter they had a houseful of strangers sleeping on their living room floor because all roads were closed. Later, many of those who stayed stopped by with boxes of food for the family who had welcomed them with open arms. 

Mr.s Vawter worked for several years at Aero Drapery in Westfield, and remained in touch with some of her former co-workers. After her retirement, the Vawters spent many winters in Ft. Myers, Fla., where they enjoyed the company of other snowbirds who liked to go shelling on Sanibel Island, play bingo and have fun euchre games on New Year’s Eve.

She was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and enjoyed interacting with the members and stayed in touch with many of them through the years. Her hobbies included crochet, embroidery, and needlepoint.

Mr. and Mrs. Vawter attended Six Points Church (formerly Sheridan Wesleyan Church) for many years, and after Mr. Vawter’s passing, she also attended Sheridan First United Methodist Church. She very much appreciated the many visits and prayers from both congregations.

Mrs. Vawter loved having visits from family and friends, especially after her move a year ago to Sanders Glen Assisted Living in Westfield. She enjoyed sitting around chatting before mealtime, playing bingo, and winning chocolate bars with the other residents as prizes!

Survivors include her sister, Norma (Donald) Hall of Carmel; daughter, Pam (Bill) Hintalla of Michigan; her son, Phil (Tina) Vawter of Sheridan; 10 grandchildren, Billy (Vanessa), Zach (Phylicia) and Margie Hintalla, Kari (Jack) Hunter, Christina Vawter, Megan (John) Ward, Daniel (Vinny) Vawter, Marsha (Mike) McMillen, Ryan (Diana) Vawter and Marissa (Lynn) Lee; eight great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Janet and Wanda Vawter; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Samuel M. Vawter, sons Keith and Rick Vawter and siblings Thomas Merrill, Lloyd Merrill, Mildred VanMeter, Ruth Wallace, Helen Merrill, and Glen Merrill.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Carol Fritz will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sheridan Public Library, Sheridan First United Methodist Church, or Six Points Church in Sheridan.