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Betty (Thivener) Wahl, age 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 28, 2017. Born July 6, 1928 in Gallipolis, OH. She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, James; son Jeff (Jan) Wahl; daughter-in-law Sharon Wahl; sister Anna (Russ) Shaeffer; grandchildren Nicole (Ryan) Melching, Jeremy (Dawn) Wahl, Brandon (Monica) Wahl, Faith (Jeremy) Smith, and Brittany Wahl; great-grandchildren Davis (Alex), Dillon (Jamie), Jacob, Connor, Corbin, Ava, Lilly, Logan, Wyatt, Morgan, and Adriana; one great-great-granddaughter, Clara, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve, parents Wayne and Opal Thivener, and sister Jean Sanders. Betty was a devoted wife, and she and Jim set a wonderful example as a married couple for the seven decades they were together. Even though at times she would tell him pointedly what was on her mind, they would settle any difference before it became serious - they never went to bed angry (Ephesians 4:26). She was also an adoring mother and grandmother (and great and great-great grandmother!) Betty made sure her family always knew how much she loved them - through word and deed. She initiated an annual "kids back-to-school party" where she and Jim and the younger parents in the family would give a special present to each child. Her sense of generosity also extended to anywhere she saw a need. In December 1957, Betty was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. For the next 60 years, she would devote her life to serving her God, Jehovah. Betty willingly supported Jim when he was transferred multiple times in his business career. As a result, she was an active member of nine congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in four states (most recently the Maumee River Congregation). Betty volunteered her time to teach people in the community about God and the Bible. She helped many learn its comforting hope for the future, including the promise of a resurrection (John 5:28, 29). A memorial will be held Saturday, October 28 at IPFW Campus Walb Union, Classic Ballroom #126. Service begins at 3:00pm with visitation starting at 1:30. Final arrangements will be handled by D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home.