Beverly Ann ‘Betty’ ‘Bev’ Spahr


Beverly Ann “Betty” “Bev” (Everhart) Spahr, 84, of Whiteland, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation Center in Franklin.

She was the seventh and youngest child of the late Claude Carroll and Elizabeth Marie (Wolfe) Everhart.

Betty was a homemaker and a former telephone operator, furniture saleswoman, seamstress and sewing instructor at Singer and Jo Ann Fabrics, with students who went on to win national sewing competitions.

She also served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Johnson County, working on behalf of abused and neglected children.

In addition to sewing, Betty enjoyed gardening, genealogy and Christian studies. She was a longtime member of the Community Congregational Church in Franklin, where she taught the Senior Boosters Sunday School class for many years.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas (Jody) Spahr of Franklin and Gregory Spahr of Wilmington, North Carolina, her daughter, Susan Baker of Indian Head, Maryland; two grandchildren, Mark (Karina) Baker of Seattle, Washington, and Ryan “Raine” (Shelly) Baker of Novi, Michigan; and two great-grandchildren, Ellington and Scarlett Baker.

Betty was preceded in death by both parents; her loving husband, Francis E. “Gene” Spahr; and her six brothers and sisters, Carroll W. Everhart, Howard R. Everhart, Robert A. Everhart, Margaret Gregory, Norma G. Everhart, and Nadine R. Draper.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Jessen Funeral Home. Whiteland Chapel, 729 U.S. 31 North. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.