Calling Hours:
Friday, August 21, 2020, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm
Adamsville Presbyterian Church
3979 Main St., Adamsville, PA

Funeral Service:
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 2:00pm
Adamsville Presbyterian Church
3979 Main St., Adamsville, PA
Rev. Harry Johns, Pastor of the church, officiating

Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge #198 will conduct a service in the church at 12:45pm on Saturday. All in attendance for services on Friday and Saturday must wear a mask. Burial with committal prayers will be in Rocky Glen Cemetery, Adamsville.

Elizabeth F. “Betty” Christie, age 89, of Hayfield Rd., Hempfield Twp., and formerly of Conneaut Lake Rd., Sugar Grove Twp., Greenville, passed away Wednesday afternoon August 19, 2020 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.

She was born in Sewickley, PA on February 7, 1931 to Robert and Monica (Harrison) Merriman. Betty was a 1949 graduate of Penn High School and many would describe her as tireless worker, all while raising seven children. She worked as a secretary for the Conneaut Lake Schools and owned “Aunt Betty's Chicken Pie” business for years. Betty sold AVON products and eventually worked her way up to District Manager, overseeing as many as 300 women in a million dollar business before retiring in 1994. She was a member of Adamsville Presbyterian Church where she sang in the Choir for many years, served as an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Church Secretary and was a member of the Velma Hayes Women's Assoc. She was also a member and past Grand Noble of Golden Rule Rebekah Lodge #198, Atlantic and the Friendship Circle. In addition, she was a member of the Greenville Red Hat Society and the Republican Women.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, decorating and hosting parties, traveling, shopping, quilting and singing. Her first husband, Raymond N. Smith whom she married in 1950, passed away in 1964, her second husband, Charles Walter Courtney, whom she married in 1967 passed away in 1990 and her third husband, Emerson W. Christie whom she married in 1997, passed away in 2006.

In addition to her three husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Philip G. Courtney, a daughter, Deborah A. Smith, two grandchildren, Sean L. Courtney and Aaron C. Courtney and a brother, Robert Merriman.

Survivors include a daughter, Darcie Best and her husband Randy of Greenville; four sons, Douglas A. Smith of Conneaut Lake, Raymond J. Courtney and his wife Linda of Warner Robbins, GA, Lee J. Courtney and his wife Sharon of Greenville and Robb C. Courtney and his wife Barbara of Greenville; a sister Joann Matchette of Austin, TX; a brother Johnny Merriman of Sommerville, NJ; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Adamsville Presbyterian Church, 3979 Main St., Adamsville, PA 16110. Arrangements have been entrusted to LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.



  1. Lee Ann Landfried Micsky Lee Ann Landfried Micsky
    August 21, 2020    

    Darcie, Lee And familiy, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.

  2. Catherine McConnell Spears Catherine McConnell Spears
    August 21, 2020    

    Darcie, Lee and family, my prayers are with you during this time. I hope you find comfort in knowing your mom is with our Heavenly Father.

  3. Bob and Eileen Bovard Bob and Eileen Bovard
    August 21, 2020    

    To all of Betty’s family.Eileen and I were sorry to hear of Betty’s passing.Payers to all of you.

  4. Sue, Levi and family Sue, Levi and family
    August 21, 2020    

    Darcie, Doug, Lee, Robbie andALL of Betty’s family, Our sincere and deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom and Grandma. She was one of the nicest ladies I ever knew, and I knew her all of my life. Her and my Mom(Peggy Andrews Greco were friends their whole life.. We all went to Adamsville Church and always sat behind her and Walter and the kids. Then after Walter passed, Emerson, whoi again we had known forever.–I’m so happy she got to come to our youngest daughter Lianna”s Grad. party June 28th. We have the best picture of her and my Aunt Mabel, who is 92 yrs. young—She enjoyed herself so much that day. Please find comfort knowing she is reunited with all of her loved ones and is rejoicing in all that is new and beautiful. You will see her again. She always told me how much she loved her little dog—it too will miss her terribly. God Bless you, Levi, Sue and family

  5. Vince and Sandy Vince and Sandy
    August 22, 2020    

    Lee and family, Our sincere sympathy on the loss of a grand lady. Comfort and peace…

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2020    

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Betty was a beautiful and classy lady. She will be missed.

  7. Nancy McHugh Nancy McHugh
    August 22, 2020    

    To all of Betty’s family, I send each of you my deepest condolences over her passing. Betty was such a magical person with such a strong spirit. I was so thrilled for Emerson (my uncle) when he found love again with her. Betty brought so much joy, love and laughter into not only his life, but mine as well when I got to spend time with them, both in California and in Pennsylvania. She was such a joy to be around, always smiling, laughing, and conjuring up some new adventure. I loved her zest for life, and her fabulous sense of fashion. My son loved her baking! May Betty’s beautiful spirit and love of life bring you comfort in the days ahead. I know she will be dearly missed. With much love.

  8. Tammy Couturier Tammy Couturier
    August 22, 2020    

    Love and prayers to you all. I have fond memories of Aunt Betty and Uncle Emerson, our son’s middle name sake. May you find God’s peace and comfort knowing she is having a great reunion with many loved ones, family, friends and I am positive my dad is teasing her as well as giving her lots of hugs.

  9. Doug Branch (and Robby Seitz) Doug Branch (and Robby Seitz)
    August 22, 2020    

    We watched Betty’s beautiful service online, and I was reminded of so many great times with Betty and her family, especially up at the hunting camp in Tidioute. Memorable, wonderful days. I remember Betty’s fun nature, her great sense of style, and the way she enlivened any room she walked into. And what a loyal friend she was to my mother, Carol, for so may years.
    Condolences to all her family and friends.

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