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Betty A. Farley

September 20, 1940 — February 7, 2023

Poland, Ohio - Betty Farley, 82, is safely home at last after a courageous battle with cancer. She entered heaven’s gates peacefully on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born September 20, 1940, in Hinton, WV, a daughter of William and Julia (Harvey) Kessler.

She was married to the love of her life, Stanley Farley, on January 3, 1959, in Hinton, WV, and have been together 62 years.  They later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and eventually settled in Poland, Ohio for the past 59 years where they raised four children, eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Betty worked for Poland Seminary High School for 25 years as a General Cook and cashier before retiring in 2000.

She was actively involved with her church, Margaret Wynn Memorial Baptist in Poland, Ohio, for over 50 years. She held many positions during her time with the church where she affectionally earned the nickname “Sarge” because of her take-charge attitude. She was a role model and left a legacy that will be remembered. Some of the memorable times include being an Acteen Leader, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, disaster relief trips, and the Samaritan's purse shoebox.

Betty enjoyed traveling and has visited every state within the United States. She especially enjoyed family trips that included all family members of lifelong friends Lonnie and Betty Jo Mashburn and Bill and Ramona Mitchell.

After retirement, she most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She passed down her enjoyment of decorating cakes, crocheting, quilting, and sewing. Betty loved hosting family gatherings for the holidays which she always had an open-door invitation for friends and church family.

She leaves her four children, Debbie (Kenny) Hunt of New Middletown, Pam (Marvin) Mashburn of Lowellville, Will (Kim) Farley of Struthers, and Sharon (Brian) Goodin of New Middletown.

She also leaves behind her grandchildren of whom she was so proud, Rachel (Rich) Woodburn, Jacob (Amanda) Mashburn, Ben (Nadine) Mashburn, Alex (Angie) Hunt, Amanda (Tim) Goodin, Danielle (Nick) Argeras, Danny Hunt, Michael (Maha) Goodin, Julie Farley, Adam Farley, and Lydia Mashburn; and great-grandchildren Addison Woodburn, Mila Argeras, Liam Argeras, Landon Mashburn, and Margot Slattery.

Betty is survived by her sister, Madeline Doring; sister-in-law, Starr Kessler; brother-in-law, Bill Mitchell; along with her husband’s siblings, Martha Bennett, Margaret (John) Ryan, Ruthann Farley, Pat Farley, Judy Farley, and Wayne (Tammy) Farley.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister Ramona Mitchell; brother Bill Kessler, and brother-in-law Bart Doring; sisters-in-law, Mary (Dick) Marshall, and Linda Buckland; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Josie) Farley, Norman (Barbara) Farley, Eugene Farley, Robert Farley, Joe (Gloria) Farley, Clifford Farley, and Jack Bennet.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 North Main Street, Poland OH 44514.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2023, at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland where the family welcomes all to come to celebrate Betty’s life and wonderful memories. They welcome your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

Interment will follow at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and social workers for the care she received.

Any memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in Mrs. Farley’s name to Margaret Wynn Memorial Baptist Church, 56 Water Street, Poland Ohio 44514 for the Samaritan's Purse shoebox ministry.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 10, 2023

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home Poland

270 North Main Street, Poland, OH 44514

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Funeral Service

Friday, February 10, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home Poland

270 North Main Street, Poland, OH 44514

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