Betty Louise Brewster, 99, of Piketon, Ohio passed from this life to her eternal one in Heaven on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Traditions of Bristol Village in Waverly, Ohio. She was born April 26, 1922 in Jasper, Ohio, daughter of the late Thornton C. Hays and Ruth B. Taylor Hays. Betty was united in marriage on January 9, 1936 to the late Clarence Bill Brewster. They were the proud parents of John Paul Brewster of Piketon and Linda Phillips (Bob) Bly of Fresno, California. Bill and Betty owned and operated a restaurant/filling station/sawmill/and B and B Auto Sales until retiring and then they enjoyed bus tours with the late Zeke and Doris Mullins.
Betty has six grandchildren, Kathy Brownfield, Cindy Giordono, Rocky Griffin, Paul Deitz (Sandy) Brewster, Jeff (Linda) Brewster and Jae Lynn (Raymond) Stanley. She has fourteen great grandchildren. She would straight up tell you Courtney and Justin were the favorites. But was quick to say she didn’t love them more, they just shared her love of music. She had several great great grandchildren and expecting two additional, one from Joey (Hope) Brewster and one from Christian (Kyle) Miller. She loved seeing pictures and hearing stories about them all the way to the end.
She loved music, Hank Williams Sr. and especially Bluegrass Music. She, John Paul, Courtney, Jeff and occasionally Justin hit every bluegrass festival around. She closed down Poppy Mountain many times. She had her own bluegrass 90th birthday party with pickers and singers. She hosted many bluegrass pickins at her home with anyone who would play. She taught her aid to sing Blue Moon of Kentucky and Why Don’t You Love Me? during the Covid shutdown.
She lived thru horse and buggy to Model T’s and self-parking cars. She saw 18 presidents in office, men walk on the moon, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union to Israel becoming a nation. She lived thru the great depression, 1937 flood, 9/11 and Covid. She knew all kinds of Pike County History and was proud of where she came from.
Betty loved her family, God and bluegrass. She truly had a life well lived.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Thornton Hays, Jr. and James Taylor Hays, daughter-in-law, Nancy Ann Brewster, grandson, Kevin Paul Brewster and great grandson, Nathan Randall Brownfield.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Mound Cemetery in Piketon, Ohio with Pastor Jeff Brewster officiating.