Betty Joe Cole

December 21, 2020

Betty Joe Cole, long time resident of Frankfort, passed away peacefully December 21, 2020, after battling a lengthy illness at Wesley Manor in Frankfort. She was 85.

Born on March 7, 1935 in Roaring Fork, of Wise County, Virginia to Robert and Elizabeth Rogers, Betty was raised with six other siblings – two sisters and four brothers – near Rose Hill, Virginia. A daughter of a coal miner, she grew up in a close knit family and in a community of industrious, hard working people. After moving to Frankfort, she worked for Peter Paul for 24 years and continued with Zachary Confections for several more.

She married Elmer (Herb) Cole of Bone Cave, Tennessee, on February 21, 1953, in Catoosa County, Georgia. Eventually they would have a daughter Judy Ann and a son Kenneth Wayne.

Betty was a wonderful wife and mother, and later grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family deeply, evidenced by her warm smile and gentle personality that was always present. She had many friends and social acquaintances in Frankfort and throughout Clinton County. Betty enjoyed playing cards, square dancing and traveling with Herb. Until his passing in July of 2019, they were always together, always devoted to and loving their family in their 66 years of marriage. She will be greatly missed by so many who loved her and were privileged to know her.

Memorial donations may be made in Betty’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Ste#100, Indianapolis, IN  46240.

Visitation and Services

Private Family Services are planned.  Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort.  Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center, 501 East Clinton Street, Frankfort is honored to assist the Cole family.  

Survived by:

She is survived by her daughter Judy Ann Watson (Dale) and son Ken (Cindi Swope) who both reside in Frankfort, granddaughters Lisa Ann Sultemeier (Doren) and Amanda Kay Hodgen (Jon), grandson Matthew Ryan Cole, great-grandchildren Cole, Lallie and Barrett Sultemeier, Natalie and Mason Hodgen, special niece Patty (Mullins) Shaff along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

Along with her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Ruby Jaynes and Fannie Mullins, as well as her brothers Will, Robert "Pee Wee" Jr., Buster and Lonnie Rogers.


Leave your Condolences

14 Condolences for “Betty Joe Cole”

  1. Norma Melson December 22, 2020 at 11:39 am

    So very sorry for your loss.

  2. Abbie Easter December 22, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Betty Cole was such a sweet and wonderful wonderful women I had the pleasure of taking care of at the manor. I will miss her dearly. My biggest condolences go to Judy and her husband in this time! I will miss dancing with her and hearing her precious laugh. And seeing her smile everyday! High Fly sweet angel you will be greatly missed!!

  3. Jeni December 22, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    All my love and prayers for all of you. Many fond memories with nanny and papaw Cole just around the corner from your home as kids.

  4. Jeanette wolfe December 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Betty. I will miss her terribly. Betty made my day. Thank you for sharing your Mother with us at Wesley Manor she is already missed!

  5. Jim Staley December 22, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. From Rosie Staley and family.

  6. Connie Brant December 22, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    To the Cole and Watson Family’s…
    Betty was a very sweet woman and she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all your family.

  7. Sarah Bogard December 22, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Judy and family I’m so sorry for your loss!
    Betty was always the sweetest person. Great to know and work with at Peter Paul.
    You are all in my prayers…. Lots of love to you all! Sarah Bogard

  8. Ron & Brenda Skiles December 22, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Betty was such a sweet and beautiful lady. We worked with her and Judy for many years at Peter Paul. I was always impressed by her sweet nature. She always had a smile, and I don’t ever remember her losing her temper. We are so sorry for your loss, and will pray for the Lord to comfort you and give you peace.

  9. Kenny and Sally Mitchell December 22, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss Betty was a special person we enjoyed working with her she was a another one of our Peter Paul Family sending hugs and prayers

  10. Gaye Welch Summitt December 23, 2020 at 6:53 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Betty’s passing. My mom and Betty were not only family but good friends. They look alike too! Let me know if I can do anything for you! Love, Gaye Ann

  11. Angie Bales Lemay December 23, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Prayers for all.

  12. Bill and Lou Ray December 23, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers with you. Bill and Lou Ray

  13. Alice Sterling December 25, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Judy and Kenny, So sorry for the loss of your Mother. I remember both Elmer and Betty from years back. Carpooling to National Homes with Elmer. Both very good people. But the memories are always there to bring up when you want to.

  14. Ray Davis December 30, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I just saw where Betty had passed and am so sorry for the loss of mother. I worked 6 years at Zachary’s back in the 80s with both Herb and Betty. They were both the Greatest people you cold have ever meet. I can recall many conversations and funny stories with the both of them, the Farmers Bank being one of them. I will always treasure my memories of them and will be lifting you all up in prayer.

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