Mary Olene Vandiver Betts, age 71, passed into eternity on July 29, 2022.
Born in Hopkins County, KY, on February 9, 1951, Olene was the first of four daughters born to
Clifton and Mary Lou Vandiver. Olene was a bright, talented student and graduated as
valedictorian of her class from Union County High School in 1969. In addition, she earned
several awards from the theater, chorus, and education departments and was named Most
Likely to Succeed. When she was a teenager, Olene and her sisters Freda, Rhonda and Kathy
formed a singing group called the Vandiver Sisters and produced an album entitled “Moments
with God” with their uncle, Jack Vandiver, accompanying them on piano. Olene herself was an
avid pianist, especially enjoying playing ragtime tunes by Scott Joplin and many gospel
Olene was studying for her teaching degree at Murray State when she put her schooling on hold
in order to get married to William Haven Betts in Sturgis, KY in 1970. Within five years of
marriage, she had given birth to three daughters of her own: a blonde, a brunette and a redhead
who she was proud to accompany on piano in church and singing contests as the Betts Sisters
in the mid-1980s.
Resuming college to pursue a career in nursing, Olene earned her RN license from Park
University in Kansas City in 1989. She worked at several hospitals in Missouri before returning
to Union County in 2002 to be near her parents and other family. Olene remained in Sturgis until
2020 when her oldest daughter Jessica Hodge invited her to move to Fishers, IN to recover
from an injury. Olene decided to settle in Fishers and stayed there until her passing. In Fishers,
she found a loving church home at Fishers Point Community Church and joined as a member
earlier this year. She was also excited to have a new apartment with room to host guests and
new friends for lunch. Olene was devoted to her family and attended events for her
grandchildren whenever she was able.
Olene is preceded in death by her grandparents, Jesse and Justine Vandiver and Rufus and
Bessie Jackson, and her sister Rhonda Brown. She is survived by her parents, Clifton and Mary
Lou Vandiver; her sisters Freda Tilley and Kathy (Dennis) McDaniel, her daughters Jessica
(Riley) Hodge, Leta Rudzik and Amanda Hauck; her grandchildren Lydia (Preston) Tate, Josh
Swisher, Jeremiah Swisher, Susannah Swisher, Bea Rudzik, Min Rudzik, Cameron Hauck and
Savana Hauck; great granddaughter Ellen Tate; and many loving nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles and cousins.
Public visitation will take place at Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs on Wednesday,
August 3, 2022, at 12:00 pm, with a funeral service at 1:30. Interment will follow at Gilland
Ridge Church Cemetery in St. Charles. A memorial service will also be held at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Fishers Point Community Church in Fishers, Indiana.