ASHTABULA-Betty Lou Hulbert, 86, was called home to Heaven on March 17, 2023.
She was born on October 1, 1936, in Ashtabula, Ohio, the daughter of Carl and Elizabeth (Babiski) Davet.
She attended Harbor High School until the 9th grade, when her family moved to Blair Avenue; and she attended Edgewood High School. That move turned in to a blessing because it was at Edgewood High School where she met the love of her life, James Hulbert. They were married on December 19, 1959, recently celebrating their 63rd anniversary.
Betty was a stay-at-home mother, raising her 3 children as the world’s best mom. Taking them to Walnut Beach to swim, Lake Shore Park for picnics, and trips to the Cleveland Zoo, the Natural History Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the aquarium. They were proud owners of “Hulbert’s Frosty Kreme” in the 1970’s, then renovated the old O’Leary Shoe store in the Ashtabula Harbor to make “Hulbert’s Restaurant “, which they owned in the 1980’s. They were one of the first businesses to open on Bridge Street and start the “Harbor Renovation”; a business district with the landmark of the historic Bascule lift bridge. Many people remember her homemade muffins, pies, and cinnamon rolls that she made every day for the restaurant. Betty was a giving person, always eager to cheer someone up with a card or plate of cookies and was quick to call and encourage someone who was hurting. She loved her “church families “ of “Second Congregational Church” of Ashtabula, where she sang in the choir, then “Fellowship Bible Church” under Pastor Bruce Bowman, (then later under her nephew, Pastor Jeff Silvieus), then in Florida for 32 years at “Boca Raton Community Church”, where they were active in their Sunday School class. Betty was a wonderful hostess, cook and neighbor, and loved talking to strangers, who often became a friend. She loved her family, and was faithful in sending birthday cards, letters, Christmas cards, and valentines. She was past president of the PTO at Ridgeview Elementary school in the 1970’s, and was responsible for planting the many trees surrounding the school on Arbor Day, many of which are still alive after 40 years.
She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband, Jim; her children Eric Hulbert of Ashtabula, Lynn (Brian) Woodard of Ashtabula; and Brian (Kristi) Hulbert of San Diego, Ca.; grandchildren: Erin, Nick, Kyle, Corey, Ben and Samantha and 4 great-granddaughters: Ada, Morrigan, Olive and Eloise; nieces and nephews: Joel, Josh, Jonathan; David, Jeff, Joan; Lisa, Marsha, and Karen. She is also survived by her sister, Joan (Jim) Dramis of Raleigh, NC, and sisters-in-law Claire Facente, and Lou Arvidson of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers-in-law Jim Facente, and Phil Arvidson and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Laura Silvieus.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Western Reserve for their comfort care during her final days.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at Family Alliance Church, 3137 E. Center Street, Conneaut, Ohio, 44030 at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Mike Greenlief officiating. Calling hours will be from 10-12:00 prior to the funeral, with a luncheon to follow the service. in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army, Northeast Ohio Division 440 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY, 10994.
Please leave a special memory of Betty online at www.czupfuneral.com or come to the memorial service, prepared to share one there or write one down to place in her “Memorial Box” at the church.