Of Philipsburg, and formerly of Houtzdale, died Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Geisinger Health Systems, Danville. Born September 3, 1930, in Beccaria, she was the daughter of the late George C. and Lois (Johnson) Shoff. On January 11, 1954, she married James A. Gathagan, who preceded her in death on January 10, 2000. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis, in 2005. She is survived by a son, Chris and his wife, Debbie, of Pittsburgh; a step-granddaughter, Nicole (Tyler) Sherman, of Denver, CO; a sister, Patricia J. Rambo, of Williamsport; a brother-in-law, Rev. Henry G. (Carol) Gathagan, of Dayton, OH; and a number of nieces and nephews. Betty Lou graduated from Beccaria Twp. High School in 1948 and attended Nyack College in Nyack, NY. She attended the First Church of God, Brisbin. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at KRUISE-SPEWOCK FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., Ramey. Revs. Larry and James Llewellyn will officiate. Interment will follow in Beulah Cemetery, Ramey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edmund's Academy, 5705 Darlington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or to Mahaffey Camp and Conference Center, P.O. Box 277, Mahaffey, PA 15757. Condolences may be made at
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PostedSeptember 05, 2017