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Betty Jo (Sageser) Harney

February 4, 1932 ~ August 23, 2019 (age 87)

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Betty Jo Harney, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched. She passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Friday August 23, 2019 in Clarksville, TN.  She was in her 87th year.

Born in Bourbon County, Kentucky to Earl and Leetis Sageser, she witnessed incredible changes to her world. At age 16, she married Julian Powell Harney, her husband of 52 years after receiving his response to a message she sent in a bottle tossed into the Licking River.  Julian preceded her in death in 2002.

She was the beloved mother of Angela (Curtis) Judy of Trenton, KY, Delane (Joseph) Green of Somerset, KY and Dean (Laura) Harney of Morehead, KY and grandmother of Nadia Green of Somerset, KY, Rebekah Dodge of Davie, FL, Jordan Craft of Louisville, KY, Amos Green of Atlanta, GA, Isaiah Harney of Missoula, MT and Joshua Harney of Morehead, KY.  She also had 5 great-grandchildren.

Betty lived a full life as a wonderful mother, homemaker and worker in the Cabinet for Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  A longtime member and Ladies Sunday School teacher at Cynthiana Baptist Church and Trenton Baptist Church, she loved to cook, kept an immaculate house, was a highly skilled seamstress and enjoyed tending to her extensive collection of Wild African Violets.  Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her children and grandchildren strong values that have served them well through their lives.  She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home with burial to follow in Battle Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. Thursday until the time of service.


Donations may be made to:

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Clinic
1030 South Broadway, Ste. 5, Lexington KY 40504
Tel: 1-859-323-5550

Sunrise Children's Services
300 Hope Street, P.O. Box 1429, Mt. Washington KY 40047
Tel: 1-800-456-1386
Web: https://www.sunrise.org/donate/

Gideons International
PO Box 97251, Washington DC 20090-7251
Web: http://www.gideons.org


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