Betty Maxine (Toomey) Whitcum

Born: Fri., Jan. 21, 1916
Died: Tue., Jul. 31, 2012


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Aug. 04, 2012
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 04, 2012
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

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Betty Maxine Toomey- Whitcum age 96, of Ashland, died Tuesday July 31, 2012 at her residence.  She was born January 21, 1916, in Ashland the daughter of Milo and Maude (Miller) Toomey.  Mrs. Whitcum had been a resident of Ashland all of her life.  She graduated from Ashland High School.  Mrs. Whitcum had been a Homemaker and had also retired from retail sales, where she had worked for the College book store and later at the Hospitality Shop at Samaritan Hospital.  Mrs. Whitcum had been a member of the First United Methodist Church most of her life and had been active with the Inter- Nos Sunday School Class.  She was a member of the Ashland Chapter #92 Eastern Star, Thursday Study Club (Past President); American Legion Auxiliary; American Red Cross (past Blood Program Chairperson); Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary (Past President); A.A.R.P.;  along with various Bridge Clubs.  Mrs. Whitcum had also been a Samaritan Hospital Volunteer since 1950, a spokeswoman for Breast Cancer Awareness; she received the Gladys H. Thomas award from the Red Cross for Volunteer of the Year in 1996, and had been active with Ashland County’s Welcome Wagon where she enjoyed greeting new residence to the community.  Mrs. Whitcum enjoyed cross-stitch, playing cards, and dancing.  She had also always enjoyed the progressive parties with her friends along with making and sharing photo albums and scrap books.

On March 29, 1944 Betty Married Maurice Whitcum who preceded her in death in 1989.  Survivors include her four grandchildren, Matthew Brodbeck of Ashland, Jennifer Brodbeck- Jordan of Ashland, Susan Whitcum of Ashland, and Michael Toomey of Georgia; two step grandchildren, Justin (Jill) VanStee and Megan (Vince) Shopbell all of Ashland; two great grandchildren, Karson Whitcum and Alex Jordan both of Ashland; her son and daughter in- law, Bruce and Sandi Brodbeck of Howard, Ohio; along with her daughter in- law, Emma Boylan of Willard.

Mrs. Whitcum was preceded in death by her parents; husband Maurice; three daughters, Judith Whitcum, Sandra Whitcum, and Kaye VanStee; and two sons, Stephen Whitcum and Gary Whitcum.


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday August 4, 2012 at the Heyl Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Bilkert officiating.  Burial will follow at the Ashland Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church 220 Sandusky St. Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to Samaritan Regional Health System 1025 Center St. Ashland, Ohio 44805.  An on line register book is available at

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Kathy(Faulk) Schultz
   Posted Wed August 01, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was like a second Mom to me. I loved her dearly and will miss her very much. I was able to visit her the last time I was home from South Carolina. I know she adored the fact that you, Matt was able to be with her. I will always remember the vacation times at the lake, her sassy sense of humor and her loving and caring heart. She is a beautiful person. My peace is knowing she was met with open arms by all those who loved her and were awaiting her arrival in heaven.

David Thorpe
   Posted Wed August 01, 2012
To the family of Betty Whitcum,

My sincere condolences are with each and everyone of you. I wished I could be there to show my deep sorrow and sympathy.

I will always remember Betty as the kind, free loving, caring, wonderful individual that she always was. She never met a stranger and was a friend to all. She would make you laugh in times of sorrow, pick you up when you were down and provide a warmth and gentleness that no one could match except for her daughter, Kaye. She has touched my life in more ways than one can imagine and I thank our "heavenly father" for bringing her and her family into my life. She was an angel in disguise and now the Lord has asked her to come home as she has finished her purpose on earth. Betty, I will forever remember you. I will shed tears and my heart will hurt from the loss but I know that you are no longer suffering.

Rest in Peace Betty Whitcum. The angels in heaven are singing and rejoicing as you have come home. You will be FOREVER missed, loved, adored and a void will be missing in my life.

With all of my love, David Thorpe

Dixie Rush
   Posted Wed August 01, 2012
Y will miss Betty she was a great neighbor. We sat togeather outside in the yard at our apartment comlex. Mt deepest sympathy to the Family..DIXIE RUSH

Carol Long, Shorts .Evans
   Posted Thu August 02, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all the family, I spent so many weekends at their home when Kay and I were growing up, along with Betty and Maury and all their friends, getting together to play cards with my Mom and Dad , many wonderful memories I wont ever forget.

so sorry for your loss.

Rhonda Hoover Hill
   Posted Fri August 03, 2012
"Aunt Betty" was such a loveable person! She had an outstanding personality! I have never seen such a caring, giving individual. She enjoyed life and people. Everyone liked her sense of humor. We will never forget the special family Christmas parties she had every year. I will never forget her giving me a homemade perm when I was little or my bridal shower. She was a very special person in our family and we will never be the same without her....

Eileen Fetzer Hutchinson
   Posted Fri August 03, 2012
On behalf of the family of the late Phyllis Millar Fetzer, Betty’s cousin, I would like to express our sorrow at the loss of a dear family member. Mother and Betty developed a close bond more like sisters than cousins as they grew up in Ashland together and maintained that closeness over the miles and years. Visits to Ashland will not be the same without spending some time with Betty. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. My brother, sister & I hope her family finds comfort in knowing that Betty was loved by many people near and far.

Alice Fetzer
   Posted Fri August 03, 2012
What a wanderful lady she will be missed. I called Eileen, Phyllis''s daughter. Sorry I cant be at the funeral.

Diane Horn
   Posted Sat August 25, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss Matt. I know that your grandma "Betty" was very proud of you and appreciated how good you help her and took care of her and how much your mom,dad, and Sandi are proud of you. I can remember all the times at the beach all the card cards and all the fun our families had together with my mom and dad (Joanne and Larry Horn) my sister LuAnn and myself. Your grandpa Maury chasing us around and your grandma Betty, my mom your mom making us all that good food to fill us up and your dad directing you on the vaccuming so we could all play cards later on in the evening. Betty was so sweet and such a loving person. We all will miss a great lady. We all love you dearly.. Love Diane, Joanne, LuAnn Horn

Michael Simmons
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
The world is a lesser place without her! She made people around her a better person thru her sweet nature!

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