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Betty Jacobs 1925-2012


Betty Jean (Lanam) Jacobs, 86, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012, at Meadowood Health Pavilion, Bloomington, surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born Aug. 7, 1925, in Indianapolis, and was the daughter of Earl R. and S. Frances (Baugh) Lanam. 

Betty was a librarian and teacher and had been the head librarian at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and later at Washington High School in Washington. She was a long time and very active member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Business and Professional Women and was a former member of Mt. Gilead Christian Church.

Betty is survived by her son, Peter Jacobs and his wife Patty of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; granddaughter, Sarah Frances Jacobs; four sisters, Barbara J. Daniels of Bloomington, Patricia L. Jones of Bradenton, Fla., Margaret Sue May of Bloomington and Ann (Martin) Dyer of Bloomington; and one brother, Leslie C. Lanam of Bloomington. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and one great-great niece.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Albert L. Jacobs (1993); one brother, Richard M. Lanam; and her parents.

Services for Betty were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, with Rev. Curtis Hurley and Darlene Harbuck officiating. Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

Visitation was held Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com.


From the 1970 & 1971 WHS Yearbooks: Betty Jacobs; Librarian.

Indiana University B.S. & M.S.