Betty Jane Smith Lehman Schafer, 97, of St. Marys died Thursday (February 6, 2020) at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Schafer was born in Hymeria, Indiana to the late Leroy Smith and Therese May Evans and had made St. Marys her home since 1988. Betty was married to Fred Ernest Lehman and had three children. Her second marriage to Thomas Richard Schafer took place on November 20, 1979. He was the love of her life and shared 41 years together. Together, she and Tom and many adventures. They had a mobile home and traveled the country, often visiting family in Oklahoma, Arizona, Indiana, New York and California.
Betty loved her family dearly. She loved her children, her stepchildren, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was to be with them. She was a dog lover and ALWAYS had dogs in her life. All of her children inherited that love and became dog hoarders. She loved to be out in her garden. When she could no longer work in her gardens, she would enjoy sitting on her patio, looking out at her yard. She loved shopping, makeup, jewelry, shoes and clothes. When her daughters came to visit, they always headed off to the stores.
Betty and Tom loved to host dinners and family would gather at her house for fabulous feasts in California. She and Tom could put on quite a spread. They also loved treating family to dinner when in San Diego: El Juan’s, The BBQ Pit, Cafe La Maze, Pinnacle Pete’s, Barrett Junction. Lots of food, laughter and love. When in Georgia, she was the belle of the ball at family gatherings. The Schafer Clan knew how to party. Betty lived a long, happy life, full of adventures. She had an amazing personality and could be full of piss and vinegar but mostly, a true Georgia peach. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by seven siblings, Rosemary Wheeler (Smith), Hughie Leeroy Smith, Jack Darrell Smith, Richard Lee Smith, Irma Ann Brown (Smith), Michael Gerald Smith and Rebecca Lucinda Hiatt (Smith).
Mrs. Scahfer is survived by her husband, Thomas Richard Schafer of St. Marys; three daughters, Jane Kathryn Wilson husband Bill, Susan Maureen Elizabeth Swall husband Malcolm, Jacqueline Anita Ferguson; three stepchildren, Tommy Schafer wife Phyllis, Karen Saam husband Mike, Brenda Thomas-Horton husband Keith; grandchildren, Debra Jean Gibbs, Angela Sue See, Vincent Nicholas Bova aka Sage, fiance Sophia Alabright, Michael Philip Bova, Jessica Swall husband Sean McCormac, Chelsea Marie Swall, Kaiden Lehman wife Michelle, Jason Holloway wife Sierra, Bill Holloway, Samantha Walters husband Korey, Gina Molyneaux husband Jordon, Kristin Normandeau husband Lawrenecem Burton Thomas, Caitlin Thomas, Kyle Horton; great grandchildren, Sarah Jane See, Seamus Malcolm McCormac, Jonathan Ocampo, Sekura Holloway, Caiden Lehman, Alexander Normandeau, Van Horton, Damian Werner; two siblings, Carolyn Sue Mellinger, Joe Max Smith wife Janice; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorialization is by Cremation.
Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.