She was born Oct. 4, 1929, in Cartersville, Ill., a daughter of the late Dwight Smith and Elena Smith Ealy. Betty married her husband, Jimmie Sneed, on Sept. 14, 1957. During their life together, along with making Cleveland home, they also lived for periods of time in California and St. Louis.
She was very active in disaster relief efforts, working closely with the local Bradley Baptist Chapter. She helped in many relief efforts such as for Hurricane Katrina victims and many others. She had just returned from a trip to New York in efforts to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
She was instrumental in starting the puppet ministry at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church, where she was a longtime member. During a seven-year period she took many mission trips to Honduras sharing the puppet ministry with those abroad. Above all, she is remembered and will be forever missed for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by one son, James Cunningham; two sisters: Margaret Camarato and Barbara Kruger; and one brother, Bill Smith.
She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Jimmie; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Dottie Sneed; six grandchildren: Leeann Parris, Emily (Gerry) Anderson, Rachel (David) Kohn, Dwight Cunningham, Tim Cunningham, and Eric Cunningham; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other extended family members and friends.
A celebration of her life is planned for Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church located at 2412 Georgetown Road N.W., Cleveland, with the Revs. Lamar Dietz and James Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Jerry Johnston, Dale Sneed, Jerry Lance, Jackie Parris, Johnny Davis, Danny Poole and Ron Black serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends today, from 5 to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service Sunday at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Betty and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial Web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to assist the Sneed family with these arrangements.