Betty Jean (Shirk) Hampton
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. - Betty Jean (Shirk) Hampton, 89, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, following a 3-month illness, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.
She was born on June 3, 1930, in Alexandria to Harry and Margaret (Niland) Shirk. Betty was a graduate of Alexandria High School, Class of 1948. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Mount Union (now Aultma College) in Alliance, Ohio. Betty was dedicated to the profession of nursing for a total of 51 years. She had nursed at St. John's Hospital in Anderson, for Dr. Litzenberger, a urologist, and for Anderson pediatrician Dr. Robert Morris for several years. During the last 15 years of her career she worked as the school nurse for Alexandria Community Schools serving all five Alexandria schools, Cunningham, Orestes, Marie Thurston, Alexandria Middle School and Alexandria High School by herself. She retired in 2005 at the age of 75.
Betty was a longtime and active member of the Alexandria First Christian Church where she served her Lord and her church as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, lector and committee member for several years. She loved to follow and support her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sports and school events. Betty was a total fan of IU athletics and the Indianapolis Colts. She was a true saint who was always willing to help others and was known by the Alexandria community as the "Grandma Betty" to several children that she cared for in the school system, as well as people who would meet her later. As a caregiver, she would always place others before herself.
She is survived by her sons, Michael (Christy) Howell of Summitville, and Tracy Hampton of Marion; grandchildren, Brad (Shannon) Howell of Summitville, Darcy Howell of Westfield, Holly (Michael) Ackerman of Noblesville, and Jay Hampton (fiancée Emily Kocher) of Alexandria; great-grandchildren, Kaden Howell, Jase Howell, Madelyn Ackerman, Claire Ackerman and Emma Ackerman, Braelyn Hardin and Karly Hougey; brothers, Richard Shirk, James Leonard Shirk and Gilbert Shirk; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmar Hampton; siblings, Harriet Otake, Jack Shirk, Robbie Shirk and Tom Shirk; and a great-grandson, Jackson Hampton.
Services honoring Betty's life, legacy and faith will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria. The Madison County Nursing Honor Guard will open the service. The remainder of the service will be officiated by Pastor Julia Bratton. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery in Alexandria. The family will receive friends at the Owens Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandria First Christian Church with envelopes available at the services.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Betty and serve the Hampton/Shirk families.
Online condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com
Published on January 20, 2020

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Colette Rydman & family
Jan 20, 2020
Our children were patients of Dr Morris growing up. It is there we came to know & love “Betty”. We looked forward to visits with her. She was so kind and always had a smile for the kids. She was a special person. Blessings & prayers.