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Betty Triplett Wellman, 82, went to her heavenly home March 23, 2017, after a valiant battle with a long illness.
Her devotion to her family and belief in God sustained her and gave her peace during this struggle.
Betty was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Hitchens, to the late Charles and Carrie Triplett, a farmer and a homemaker respectively.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy G. Wellman; a daughter, Deborah Lynn Wellman; and her brothers and sisters, Dennis Triplett, Eloise Crawford, Charles Triplett Jr., W.W. Triplett, Burnetta Tolar, Helen Calhoun, Elijah Triplett and Muriel Farrissey.
She was part of a large and loving family, the youngest of nine children. She grew up on the family farm in Hitchens and graduated from Hitchens High School. She attended business school in Ashland, where she met her future husband, Billy Wellman, while "buzzing the Bluegrass" an iconic restaurant. They were married Feb. 11, 1956. They spent 60 wonderful years together and remained devoted to each other until Billy's death, Nov. 1, 2016.
Betty was a loving wife and mother. She was a true helpmate to Billy. She encouraged him in his career and managed the home as he was often away. He would tell you she enabled much of his success. She also managed to work full time for several years outside the home with Dr. Howard and Dr. Cowherd, where she made many lifelong friendships.
She was very active in her church, wherever they were living, South Ashland UMC, St. Paul UMC and Lawrenceburg UMC. She volunteered and served in several positions.
She loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, making baskets, collecting quilts, gardening and traveling. She especially enjoyed family reunions and the trips she and Billy took with brothers and sisters during their later years.
Betty is survived by a son, John Wellman of Ashland; a daughter, Marabeth (Terry) Kleczinski of Lexington; three grandchildren, Kaelyn Wellman, Tucker Wellman and Abbey Kleczinski; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Wellman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 27, 2017, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery.
Friends and family may visit from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the funeral home.
The family gratefully declines flowers but covet your prayers and condolences. Gifts may be given in Betty's honor to the Alzheimer's Association.
Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 24, 2017
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