Betty Athelene (Gephart) Harlan


Betty Athelene (Gephart) Harlan, 95 of Liberty passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2022. She was born on February 18, 1927 in Preble County, Ohio at home in the Campbells Town area to Lester Gephart and Mildred Johnson Gephart.

On January 10, 1948 she married Wayne C. Harlan at Four Mile church of the Brethern in Union County. They were able to spend 73 years together before he passed away on November 23, 2021.

Betty went to school in the Campbells Town area until grade 8, she then moved to Kitchel where she graduated in 1940 at the Kitchel School. After graduation she went to work in Richmond. She then stayed home with her children to raise them in Union County.

Betty was an Eastern Star in Brookville, involved with the Ladies Aid at Greenwood Church, a member of the Harmony Club, the Rainbow Girls and the Salem Club.

She enjoyed cooking for her family, friends and neighbors. Many people in the Kitchel area would say if they found any cookies, pies, cake or fresh yeast rolls they would have came from Betty. She was one of the best cooks in the neighborhood.

Betty is survived by her sons, Ted Harlan and Steven Harlan; grandchildren, Matthew, Robert, Kaleb, Daniel and Douglas; and 2 great grandchildren, Carlitos and Aspen.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 73 years, a daughter, Susan Harlan Franklin; and a son, David Harlan and sisters, Phyllis Gephart and Patricia Kempton.
A graveside service for Wayne and Betty will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 1:30 pm at College Corner Cemetery with Pastor Paul Ayers officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Public Library; those can be sent to 2 E. Seminary St., Liberty, Indiana 47353.

Urban Winkler Liberty Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Betty Harlan.