Betty Jane Ward, 79, of Salem died May 11, 2002, at Salem.
Born Jan. 28, 1923, in Patterson, Ohio, she was the daughter of Earnest M. and Cartha Rhea Clinger Packer. She married John Merrit Ward at Paducah, Ky., Oct. 10, 1938. Betty and her husband owned and operated B&J Restaurant in Salem from 1970 to 1976. They also owned and operated BJ Restaurant in Ash Flat until 1980. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ash Flat.
Survivors include a son, Larry Ward and his wife, Susan, of Salem; a daughter, Connie Buzzal and her husband, Buzz, of Pahrump, Nev.; a sister, Virginia Latham of Finley, Ohio; five grandchildren -- Larry Ward, Susan Gercone, Donna Ward, Todd Corock and Debbie Corock; and five great-grandchildren -- Taylor Gercone, Paris Ward, Keslie Pittman, Elexis Corock and Kylie Corock.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and three brothers -- Orland Packer, Clyde Packer and Kenneth Packer.
A graveside services was May 15 at Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat with Van Brown officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem.