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Betty Lou Martin Platter

November 10, 1942 ~ November 16, 2019 (age 77)

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Betty Lou Martin Platter, 77, of Salem went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

She was born November 10, 1942 in Roanoke County in a little white house in Fort Lewis Hollow. She was the wife of the late David Wilmer Platter and the daughter of Brown Lee Martin, Sr. and Lura Mae Beason Martin, both deceased.

Betty grew up in Salem and graduated from Andrew Lewis High School. She married David W. Platter at Green Hill Church of the Brethren on April 4, 1964 and they were married 45 years. They moved to the Eastern Shore where Betty worked for Wallops Island. While there, they had their first child, Keith Alan Platter.

Later Betty and David returned to Salem where daughter, Kristi Annette Platter was born. When Kristi was two they moved to Fincastle, VA where they lived until they retired and moved back to the Glenvar Area in Salem. Betty retired from Botetourt Intermediate School as a Bookkeeper. 

Betty was baptized at Fort Lewis Baptist Church in Salem, VA and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Fincastle, where she served as church historian. Most recently she attended Salem Church of Christ in Salem, VA.

Nothing made Betty happier than to spend time with her five grandchildren. Betty had many hobbies and passions which included art, especially painting and stained glass, sewing, and scrapbooking. She enjoyed volunteering at Richfield Retirement Center.

Betty is survived by her son, Keith Platter; daughter Kristi Stultz; brother, Robert Martin; sisters-in-law, Debby Martin and Kim Martin; grandchildren Ashley Platter Atkins and husband Todd Atkins, Regan Platter, Andrew Stultz, Zachary Stultz, and Sarah Stultz; great grandson, Trevor Atkins.

The family will receive friends at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Salem on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions, please consider donating to The Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation.

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November 22, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lotz Funeral Home - Salem
1330 East Main Street
Salem, VA 24153

Funeral Service
November 23, 2019

10:00 AM
Lotz Funeral Home - Salem
1330 East Main Street
Salem, VA 24153


Sherwood Memorial Park

Salem, VA

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