Betty Morris Finkel Schmelzenbach, 82, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Greensboro, N.C.
Family visitation from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, was held at Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel, Greensboro, N.C., and immediately following, a reception was held at the Thomas home at 5301 Thacker Dairy Road.
Betty Naomi Morris was born in Marietta on March 16, 1930, to the late Lyle and Virginia Morris. Betty went to Marietta Senior High School then married Joseph J. Finkel, owner of Peerless Cleaners and Finkel Realty in Marietta. They had seven children and the family attended St. Mary's Catholic Church.
A devoted mother, Betty would be at the front door of 626 Eighth St. with plenty of hot food ready for her children after they walked home from St. Mary's School. She was everyone's mother on Eighth Street though where her children grew up amongst a neighborhood of many children playing baseball in the backyards, climbing trees and hanging out at the Oasis soda shop on Seventh and Warren Street.
Always cooking, sewing, mending bruised knees, healing bee stings and broken hearts, Betty was a self sacrificing comforting mother. When others were in pain, she would get her husband Joe out of the home's real estate office and they would pick up a block of ice at the Crystal Ice House, crank up the old ice cream maker in the back yard, and soon the whole neighborhood was standing in line with smiles awaiting her treats. As an avid sports fan she would oversee her children's baseball games at Civitan Park and going to Nascar races and football games with them was a treat for her.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, as head chef at Marietta Holiday Inn Betty had fans of her cooking who were loyal to the hotel's dining room. But, she especially enjoyed cooking holiday dinners for all her loved ones when they were together. And, to the end, Betty loved and cared for her family always working hard to ensure they were loved and taken care of.
Those days of growing up in Marietta when Joe Finkel sold everyone their homes and Betty Finkel nurtured Marietta's children are memories akin to scenes from a Norman Rockwell painting. Our mother Betty will be greatly missed but will never leave our hearts. Godspeed and God bless you mom.
Betty was preceded in death by her sister Virginia Morris, brothers Robert Morris and Donnie Smith, and her husband, Joseph J. Finkel (Feb. 10, 1923 - July 1, 1990).
Surviving are her daughters, Londa R. Marks, Sherry A. Thomas (Scott), and Colleen S. Patterson (Al); as well as sons Michael E. Finkel (Cathy), Joseph J. Finkel, Jr., Patrick A. Finkel (Deidra); and a daughter, Katherine, who died at birth.
Betty is also survived by a sister, Charlene Skinner (Fred). Additionally, she is survived by seven grandchildren; Edward, Maggie, Matthew, Scott, Andrew, Nicholas and Justin. Other survivors include two great-grandchildren, Adelaide and Skylie, as well as two step-grandchildren, Kimberly and Lisa.
Online condolences may be sent to www.forbisanddick.com and through the Guest Book at: www.legacy.com/guestbooks/news-record/guestbook.aspx?n=betty-schmelzenbach&pid=161354319&cid=full2000