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Betty Louise (Dixon) Cheatham-HarveyMarch 23, 1926 ~ September 16, 2017 (age 91)
Betty Louise Harvey, 91, of Muncie, departed this life on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at her residence surround by her loving family. She was born March 23, 1926 to Ernest Paul and Marguerite (Clemens) Dixon 1926 in New Paris, Ohio. She attended Muncie Community Schools and graduated from Muncie Central Senior High School in 1944.
In 1949, Betty was joined in holy matrimony to John S. McCain and from this union; Betty gave birth to two daughters, Janice Louise and JoAnne Kay.
In 1962, Betty married Dorris A. Cheatham and gave birth to two more daughters, Dora Renea and Dea Lynn.
Betty’s passion for people and cooking landed her a job at Kingery’s, the neighborhood grocery store located on 8th and Blaine Streets (which was the heart of the Industry). Betty worked extremely hard and later owned and operated Cheatham’s Grocery Store in the same location she had once been employed as a cashier. She finished her grocer career by retiring from Marsh Supermarkets in 1988. Upon her retirement, Betty worked alongside her daughter, JoAnne at Simply Red Salon as the receptionist, where everyone knew her, loved her and called her “Moms” or “Grandma Betty”. It was there she and others formed the group, The Golden Girls! The original members included, Betty Harvey, Cynthia Bass, Betty Bell and Mary Pewitt. The Golden Girls would often gather for lunch or dinner and their hair appointments on Thursday mornings.
In 1999, Betty at the age of 76 fell in-love with and married Samuel J. Harvey, Jr., where they spent the next 16-months celebrating the gift of love they both felt fortunate to share.
Betty was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star, Naomi Chapter #11 for 50+ years and served as the secretary for more than forty years of her tenure. She was known for her love of roller skating, playing cards and listening to her record player. She also loved to “take a ride” and whoever was the unsuspecting driver was sure to be offered her famous $5 bill for fuel. Further, anyone brave enough to sit down to play a game of tonk with Betty knew they’d better bring their A-game and their money too. She was a loyal Muncie Central Bearcat football and basketball supporter holding season tickets for a number of years and was famous for her fried chicken and potato salad. Betty enjoyed countless sleepovers with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty leaves to live out her legacy, daughters, JoAnne Johnson of Fishers, D. Renea Ricketts (Michael) of Indianapolis, and Dea Moore-Young of Muncie; bonus-daughters, Donna Hampton, Gwendolyn (Willie) Cox, Lucretia (Steve) Gomez and Pat (Robert) Murphy; grandchildren, Steven, Bruce (Lesley), and Bridgette McCain, Christal, Jason (Shawn), and Justin (Andrea) Johnson; Keisha Ricketts, Ashley (Keith) Ivy, Gary Moore, and Princeton Young; and a host of bonus grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special son-in-laws, Jerome Johnson and Gary Moore Sr.; a special cousin, Mary Lou Holland; her sisters-in-love, Patricia and Shirley Dixon and a special niece, DeAnna Chappell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel J. Harvey, Jr.; daughters, Janice L. McCain, Sheila Harvey and Sandy Harvey; brothers, James “Jake” and Harold Dixon; grandson Tony Harvey.
The Family of the Beloved Betty L. Harvey would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Ball Memorial Hospital & the Intensive Care Unit Staffs, Dr. Earl. E Lloyd, Dr. Nkiruka Nnebe, all of the private health care aides, Union Missionary Baptist Church Family, Pastor Robert D. and Minister Wilisha Scaife and the family and friends both near and far for your tremendous out pour of love and support.
Burial in Beech Grove Cemetery