Roger and Betty Childs
A dual burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery for Roger and Betty Childs on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. Roger and Betty met on a blind date and married on July 7, 1956. Roger and Betty had six children: Jennifer (died at birth); Peggy Skillman and husband, Peter; Michael Childs and wife, LeAnn; David Childs and wife, Libby; Wendy Childs and partner, Wendy O’Leary; and Jeffrey Childs and wife, Sharon.
Roger and Betty lived in Charlotte Center for their first years, then moved to Evanston, Illinois, where Roger was a postal worker. In 1969 they moved to Marinette, Wisconsin, where they owned the Isle View Resort on the Peshtigo River. In 1974, they moved the family back to New York, where they would reside for the rest of their lives. They became the owners of Childs’ Country Store in Ellery Center, and became very active in the community.
Betty was a wonderful mother with a beautiful singing voice. She participated in church choirs all her life, and also sang in Operetta. Trained as a music teacher at Northwestern University and the Eastman School of music, she sacrificed her career to raise her family. Roger was a cunning card player and loved cribbage, hand-and-foot, spades, and bridge. Roger also went on many mission trips to West Virginia, where he helped many people with building projects. He was a multi-talented handyman. He loved Betty with all his heart. Together, they were a terrific team. Roger’s heart broke when Betty died suddenly at the age of 44 from pneumonia and complications.
When Roger retired from the grocery store, his world revolved around his grandchildren. He loved his children and grandchildren, and being a grandfather. He doted on and spoiled his grandkids all the time.
Both Roger and Betty were members of the United Methodist Church in Bemus Point, and were devout Christians. Roger later joined Park United Methodist in Sinclairville. Both of them had received Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Everyone is welcome to this Christian service of celebration, burial and committal. The Service begins at 11 a.m.