Betty Lou Tomlinson "Lou", 90, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:49 AM on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. She was born on February 13, 1932, in Paulding, to the late Lester and Cecelia (Zirkebach) Stabler. On March 09, 1951, she married the love of her life, Rex E. Tomlinson. Together, they shared years of memories.
Lou was a graduate of Van Wert High School and worked for many years at Van Wert National Bank where she began as a teller and worked her way up to management. Lou was a longtime, active member of Bethel United Methodist Church until its closing, where she was a member of the women's group, taught Sunday school, cooked in the kitchen and helped with funeral dinners. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 178 Auxiliary.
A giving and compassionate woman, Lou once bought an entire prom dress ensemble for a young lady whom she met at the bank who's family was unable to. As an avid Van Wert Cougar fan and alumni, Lou supported all of the Cougar athletic programs.
Lou was a supportive and caring mother who was there for her children even when they were adults. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Tom) Rhoades of Van Wert; son, Dan Tomlinson of Kentucky; brother, Allen Stabler of Maryland; sister-in-law, Phyllis Lininger of Van Wert; brother -in-law, Dean Tomlinson of Van Wert; grandchildren: Betsy Rhoades; Damek (Gabriella) Tomlinson; Beau, Duke and Brooklyn Tomlinson; great grandchild, Rhea Christine Tomlinson with another on the way; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Rex; and brothers: Harold and Jim Stabler.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891 with Pastor Chris Farmer officiating. Interment will follow in Ridge Cemetery, 18294 Lincoln Hwy Middle Point, OH 45863.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 PM on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty Lou`s memory may be sent to The Marsh Foundation, P.O. Box 150, Van Wert, OH 45891.
To share in Betty Lou's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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