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Bethany B. “Betty” Smith

November 20, 2023

Bethany B Betty SmithBethany B. “Betty” Smith, 94, formerly of Theresa and Chaumont, NY died Monday, November 20, 2023 peacefully in Brewerton, NY, under the care of Hospice of Central New York, with family by her side. 

Betty was born in Theresa, NY, November 17, 1929, daughter of Albert and Arlena (Beebee) Bickelhaupt. She married William E. “Bill” Smith in 1966. She retired as a bookkeeper for Bickelhaupt’s Garage in Theresa.

Betty is survived by her two children, Mark L. (Kristy) Smith, Brewerton, NY and Lisa M. (Jack) Recor, Morgantown, KY; stepsons W. Gary (Debbie) Smith, Carthage, NY and Michael L. (Deborah) Smith, Cheyenne, WY; daughter-in-law, Hilda, Theresa, NY; twelve grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Bethany was predeceased by husband, Bill, in 2015, stepson, James, in 2017, her parents, and former husband, Paul Decker, all of Theresa, NY.

Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, will be at her family’s convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Betty’s family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations may be made in her name to your local Hospice Organization.


#2 Julie E 2023-11-22 09:45
Bethany, May your laughter, love, kindness, beauty and strength live on forever. I will miss you. Again behave until I see you again. We will cause that trouble we always talked about together....You r friend, Julie
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#1 Wendy Clinch 2023-11-21 15:39
Mark & Lisa,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I loved Betty when we were so close years and years ago. I have wonderful memories of both she and your Dad. Living over Bickelhaupt's garage when Mathew was born, it was so comforting knowing your Mom was downstairs. I pray God give you peace during this difficult time. Deepest Sympathies, Wendy Reed Clinch
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