Born April 9, 1927, in Brazil, Betty attended Brazil High School, graduating in 1945, and married Robert Orman that same year, relocating to Pensacola, Fla., during his military service.
After the birth of the first three children in 1949, Betty focused her life on being a homemaker, primarily in Crown Point, Ind. In her later years, she returned to Brazil, where she most graciously cared for her elderly family members for many years, including her father-in-law, stepfather, and mother, before relocating to Chattanooga, Tenn., to live with her daughter Jane.
An avid churchgoer, she was a charter member of the Eastside Christian Church in Brazil, where she taught Sunday School. Betty was previously a member of the First Methodist Church in Crown Point, Ind., among others. She lived a joyful life in her love of Christ and was a fine example of charity and grace in the service of others. She was active in several choir groups and enjoyed singing throughout her life. Betty was widely known as a master seamstress and crafter. She was loved for her warm heart and will be greatly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Buck and Mary (Reffett) Buck, her stepfather Speed (Carlton) Shideler, brothers Ray and Robert Buck, sister Norma (Buck) Wedel and son John Orman PhD.
She is survived by son James Orman, Indianapolis, and Jane Orman-Magallanes, Franklin, Tenn., daughter-in-law Irene Demkiw, grandchildren Natalie (Demkiw-Orman), Litman and husband Dr. Craig Litman, Katie Demkiw-Orman, Nicholas Demkiw-Orman, and Miles Magallanes and son-in-law Matthew Magallanes.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, at the home of friends Tim and Denise Downey, Franklin, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 129 W. Fowlkes St., Franklin, Tenn., 37604.