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 Kays, Betty Ann
Born: 11/29/1950
Died: 03/09/2017
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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.
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I still can't believe you are gone...I have lost an amazing aunt who was always their for me no matter what...our late night crafting extravaganzas and our camping fun. Camping won't be the same. I miss you already!
i met betty ann at kathys and liked her right away she made me laugh whenever i was around her she was a very caring person and i know i will miss her my prayers are with all of you heaven received a wonderful angel i can hear them all laughing now linda
lind kopp
I'm so sorry for your loss. Betty Ann was a nice lady. I remember her from my childhood going to her house and playing with BJ. Please know your family are in my prayers.
Liz crane
Thank you everything! I will always remember headstart! You were my favorite. You showed so much love and compassion for people that entered your life. I thank you for doing that. Fly high angel.
Sophie Kimble
we were good friends for lots of years went to school together and lived next door to each other we were like sister growing up will miss her smile and her little chats on computer so sorry for the loss of a great woman she was one of a kind
linda s elston
I am so deeply sorry for the family's loss of a wonderful and amazing woman. She took such loving care of my children after school and I marveled at how she showed each and every child so much loving attention. Indeed, she taught me a lot as a younger mother - she decorated her welcoming home for EVERY holiday - something I picked up, too, and continued to do even to this day, now for my own grandchildren. I'll miss her in my heart of hearts, this sweet woman whom shared the same birthday as I, and I wish all of you peace, love and strength to get through the continuing days ahead. My deepest condolences. From all of the Bannon children, Sean, Ryan and Jennifer, and from Brenda and Russell Gehrke.
Brenda Bannon-Gehrke
I can't believe you are gone! You were a great Sister and Friend.Our phone calls,Crafts,and Camping were the BEST. We had great times'n'sad times together. But most of all I'll miss You greatly. I'll miss you everyday 'til we meet again. Love You to heaven an Back....Kathy
kathy lancaster
I knew BettyAnn through my childhood, her sister Lola was my best friend I delivered the NIH too her and we had many laughs. I will miss going too her house and shooting the breeze. May you Rest In Peace Bet. Love you. DEnise SSargent.
Denise sargent
Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time.
Christie C
I've known Betty Ann all through my life. She used to babysit me when my mother had to go to work. I remember her as a kind and caring person. I'm sorry she is gone and send heartfelt hugs to BJ and Jeannie and the rest of the family.
Michele Leek Ellison
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