Betty Jo Earman Liskey, 88, a resident of Harrisonburg, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Herschel I. and Gertrude Breeden Earman, she was born on Nov. 30, 1929, in Penn Laird, Va., and lived all of her life in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg. She graduated from Keezletown High School as valedictorian of her class.

Betty was known as “Mimi” to all. She was a great cook, not to mention the best pie maker in the world. She was an avid reader and loved watching UVA basketball games and loved all her family very much. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church.

On Aug. 1, 1948, she married Cleo Lincoln Liskey, who preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1997.

Surviving are five children, Dawn Hedrick and husband, Dennis, of Dayton, Cleo (Lin) Liskey Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Mount Crawford, Pamela L. Morris and husband, Tommy, of Rockingham, Joy Lane Liskey and husband, Robert, of Rockingham, and Ronald Keith Liskey of Keezletown; 33 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Clark of Harrisonburg, a special daughter-in-law, Sharon Liskey; a special sister-in-law, Bonnie Liskey; and numerous grand-dogs. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Harriett Sonifrank and Marcelia Suter.

The family would like to give special thanks to all her caregivers and First Choice Hospice for the wonderful care given to Betty.

At her request, her body will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at 7 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church in Pleasant Valley with Todd Collier, D.Min., and the Rev. Carrie Talbott officiating. Private burial will be a later date in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James U.M. Church, P.O. Box 370, Pleasant Valley, VA 22848.

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