In Memory of




Obituary for Betty Smith (Fish)

Betty Fish Smith has joined the Communion of Saints on May 19, 2021. She was born on January 17, 1929 to Edward Arthur and Tallu Jones Fish in Barnesville, Georgia.

After attending Williamsburg College, Betty completed her education degree at the University of Kentucky. It was there she met Joe Craig Smith, whom she married in 1951.

She is survived by five children: Craig Smith, Meg & Bob Ammerman, Tallu Smith, Becky Smith, and Amanda & Fred Caudill; eight grandchildren: Sarah Wylie & Griffin VanMeter, Joseph & Emily Ammerman, Celia Ammerman, John & Ashley Gray, Andrew & Noelle Smith-Moreland, Sabina Smith-Moreland, Bailey Caudill & Cole Perry, and Wylie Caudill; and seven great-grandchildren: Harlan, Otis, Bruce, Homer, Mae, Renaker, and Smith.

Betty’s life was devoted to family, faith, and community. She taught Sunday school from the age of 16. She founded a kindergarten and a library at her church. She conducted an interdenominational Bible School. She served on the committee for school consolidation and integration; and while serving as a county-wide Girl Scout Chair, that organization was integrated. She was the co-owner (with daughter, Meg) of the Family Album gift shop, and created the Downtown Merchants & Burley Festival.

She was the first female member of the Board at 1st United Methodist Church and the first female member of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Betty was an active member of the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church. She faithfully attended worship, was a member of the Anna Myers McKee Circle, and contributed to Bible Study.

Betty was an accomplished artist. She read and studied the Bible daily. She was a remarkable wife, amazing mother, supportive grandmother, and doting great-grandmother.

There will be a private graveside service at the discretion of the family with the Rev. Julie Olt presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. View and sign the guest book