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Betty Jane Drennen

May 18, 1922 — January 11, 2020


Betty Jane Drennen 97, of Warren Ohio passed away at 6:00 p.m. on January 11, 2020 in the home of her grandson Gary Jr., with her family by her side.

She was born in Churchill (Liberty) on May 18, 1922, the only child of Edward and Anna Clemens Balley.

Betty was a graduate of Youngstown City School System

She met her husband Lawrence Drennen at the roller rink in Youngstown, and on July 30, 1945 they were married. They moved to Warren, where they built their life, and raised 2 sons, Gary Sr. and Eddie Drennen. They spent 72 years together before his passing in 2018.

While her husband served in WW2, she worked at Republic Steele, Ohio lamp, and The Ravenna Arsenal.

Betty was a homemaker most of her life, and enjoyed caring for her family, helping to raise her grandchildren. When you went to grandma’s house, you would always get a sandwich or a cookie and a pop. And when you left, you would always get a “here too”. She loved getting together with her girlfriends to paint ceramics, and she had a love of collecting bells.

Her and Larry made many trips throughout the united states, even traveling several times to Hawaii.

Left to carry on her memory is her son Gary Drennen Sr. of Warren. Her grandchildren, Gary Jr. (Adora) Drennen of West Farmington, Holly Rivera, Regina Drennen, Billy (Susan) Drennen, Amy Drennen, Janelle (Chris) Lewis of Cortland and Garrett Kelsh of Warren. Great Grandchildren, John (Kristen) Drennen, Coty Black, Courtney Black, Madison Kagy, and her namesake, Alea Jane Drennen. Great Great Grandchildren, Isla and Caden Drennen. And her beloved dog, Mandy Sue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence, and son Eddie.

Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences by visiting

Per her wishes, she will be laid to rest next to her husband, and no calling hours will be observed.

The family request that material contributions be made to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) Foundation. Special thanks to Harbor light hospice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.

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