Betty Rhea (Overmier) Barrow, 92, of Sedona, formerly of Holbrook, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Sedona Winds Assisted Living in Sedona. At her request, funeral rites by Liberty Chapter No. 23, Order of the Eastern Star will be performed at the graveside service at 1 o’clock this afternoon (March 11) in the Holbrook Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Decatur, Ill., the third of four children born to Clayton Leslie Overmier and Hazel Dell Coffeen. The family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., in 1929. Betty graduated from Albuquerque High School, where she met her husband, John Daniel Barrow. They married in Albuquerque in 1943.
Betty and John volunteered with Holbrook Little League for over 50 years. She was an avid seamstress, quilter and crafter. She was a member of the Holbrook quilt guild and the Sedona Red Rock Quilters. Betty enjoyed genealogy, woodworking and gardening. She worked as a bookkeeper at Pender’s Laundry in Holbrook and as an assistant in the Navajo County Cooperative Extension Office.
She attended the Holbrook United Methodist Church and Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona. She was a past matron of Liberty Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, past mother advisor of Painted Desert Assembly IORG, member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Holbrook Hospital Auxiliary, Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout and Brownie Scout leader, and a PTA member and volunteer in the Holbrook schools. She was considered a model citizen of the Sedona Winds community, where she participated in many activities, including learning to swim at the age of 80 and donating a quilt a month to children with cancer.
Surviving are two children, Len (Karen) Barrow of Sedona and Barbara (Ron) Busick of Peoria, Ariz. Also surviving are grandchildren, Katy (Brad) Bippus, Steve (Stephanie) Barrow and Robert Busick, and great-granddaughters Keetra and Aneeka Bippus. Two brothers and one sister survive, William C. (Ann) Overmier, Lois (the late Wm R.) Gregg and Jack (the late Betty Ann) Overmier. Two step-grandchildren and their families also survive, Misty (Rich), Agnes and Nicholas DeReus, and Joe (Sara), Samantha, Emma and Hudson Busick.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.