Kays, Betty Ann
Betty-Ann (Sliker) Kays, 66, of Newton, died peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at home in Newton surround by her loving family with Christmas music playing the background following a brief illness.
A life-long resident of Newton, Betty-Ann was born, raised and attended school here. She attended the Newton Methodist Church. Betty-Ann’s life revolved around her family and children. She worked tirelessly for many years with children in day care and privately in her home. Known lovingly as “Moom” (an extra “o” for being an exceptional Mom) and “Nana”, she was a very devoted homemaker and caregiver. Betty-Ann’s greatest role however was that of wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. A thoughtful and caring woman, she spent many hours fundraising for others and helping in any way that she could. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life such as spending time with her grandchildren and her pets, doing crafts, camping and shopping. Betty-Ann loved the holidays and took exceptional pride in decorating, especially at Christmas. She was best known for her easy going manner, her lightheartedness and her ability to make you laugh.
Betty-Ann was predeceased by her parents, Ruth J. (Hall) and Glenn Sliker, Sr. and; her brother, Glenn Sliker, Jr. She is survived by her husband Lanny D. Kays; her four daughters, Jeannie L. VanAuken and husband, David of Newton, Betty-Jo Sliker of Newton, Heather M. Kays of Newton, Michele P. Critchlaw of Newton; a step- daughter, Billie-Jo Kays of Passaic; a brother, Frank B. Sliker of Paulinskill; three sisters, Glenda R. Wright of Watsontown, PA, Katherine M. Lancaster and her husband, Jack of Port Murray and Lola M. Casazza of Clearwater, FL; her seven grandchildren, Michael-Paul, Gabrielle, Madison, Jordan, Nathaniel, Peyten, Collin and ?; her great-grandson, Adrian; her beloved dogs, PJ and Scout; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Memorial Visitation will be held Monday, March 13th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St (Rt. 206) Newton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton NJ 07860.