Elizabeth J. "Betty" Rouse, 84, Batesville, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Chateau of Batesville.
Born Oct. 1, 1929, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Mary Josephine (Glaub) and Joseph Meister. She married Gayle Rouse May 27, 1950, in Cincinnati, and he preceded her in death June 16, 1977. She worked for 18 years as a teller at Fifth Third Bank before retiring in 1989.
After retirement, Betty became a snowbird, spending the winter months in the Pensacola, Fla., area, where she was active as a eucharist minister and server at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Gulf Breeze. Back home in Batesville, she attended St. Louis Catholic Church.
Betty loved sports. A longtime Reds and Bengals fan, she also followed Butler and IU basketball and, with a grandson on the team, became a booster for the University of Louisville football team. Other hobbies she enjoyed were working crossword puzzles and bowling. She was a league bowler for over 30 years. Her family remembers Mom as a good cook who made simple, tasty, country style meals. They also discussed the love she had for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the unique bond she had with each one.
Betty is survived by her son David (Pat) Rouse, Columbus, Ohio; daughters Cynthia (Larry) Hillman, Pensacola, Fla., Diana (Ron) Burkhart, Columbus, Jeri (Jeff) Johnson, Louisville, Ky., Jackie (Jerry) Roell, Batesville, and Linda (Joe) Smith, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother Paul Meister, Osgood; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters Rosella Holzer and Lenora Cool; and brothers Robert, Frank, John, Joseph and William Meister.
Visitation is Monday, March 31, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Morris. The family requests memorials to the Oldenburg Academy Tuition Assistance Fund.