Betty Jean Barnhill Krier

December 20, 1925 - November 29, 2006 

Betty Jean Barnhill Krier

December 20, 1925 - November 29, 2006 

Obituary for Betty Jean Barnhill Krier

Betty Jean Barnhill Krier, 80, Indianapolis, passed away peacefully November 29, 2006, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, surrounded by 15 members of her extensive family.

A lifelong Indianapolis resident, she was born on December 20, 1925 to Clara Margaret Eaton Barnhill and Eugene Samuel Barnhill, both of whom preceded her in death. Upon graduation from Broad Ripple High School, Betty Krier was appointed to be a faculty member in the speech and drama department of Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. While teaching there, she simultaneously was a full-time student at Butler University. Her future husband, William Joseph Krier, was also a student at Butler and they were married on February 12, 1947.

Betty and William Krier, who died in 1987, had 11 children. When their youngest child enrolled at St. Mary of the Woods College, Betty likewise decided to enroll at St. Mary’s. She received her bachelor’s degree and worked on a master’s degree there.

She also served as a second grade teacher at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and at Christ the King Catholic School. She spent 24 years working at Christ the King, where she was also employed as the Director of Religious Education until she retired in 1996. In 1994, in recognition of her service, she received an Outstanding Educator Award from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. As those who knew her will attest, she was a magnificent teacher who taught both formally and by her own example.

Though Betty Krier was passionate about her work outside the home, it was family life she adored the most. She was extraordinarily high-spirited and fun-loving, routinely finding time to serve extensively in her children’s activities. She was a Den Mother to Cub Scouts, a Girl Scout leader and the writer/director of many award-winning CYO plays. She also enjoyed entertaining and used her family’s residence as the setting for many legendary parties. On Halloween, for example, her pre-Civil War home was typically turned into an elaborate Haunted House, annually attracting more than 400 trick-or-treaters and more than a few television camera crews.

Betty Krier was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a leader in the Christ the King Drama Club, for which she wrote and directed countless presentations for adults.

In short, she was an enthusiastic giver, a compassionate doer who was deeply loving and deeply loved.

Survivors include a sister (Joanne Shelton of Sun Valley, California), five daughters (Beth Ann Krier, Mary Krier Clayton, Annie Krier Drake, Suzanne Krier Hewitt and Carolyn Krier Friedman) five sons (William J. Krier, George E. Krier, James E. Krier, John M. Krier and Thomas A. Krier), 20 grandchildren (Paul Krier, Michelle Krier Greer, Jennifer Krier, Scott Krier, Brian Krier, Patrick Krier, Jimmy Krier, Michael Krier, Katie Krier, Theresa Krier, Andrew Krier, Matt Krier, Alyson Krier, Stephanie Krier, Lucas Krier, Jason Drake, Lauren Drake, Christopher Hewitt, Max Friedman and Ben Friedman) and one great grandchild (Kaylee Greer). Betty Krier was also preceded in death earlier this year by her son Joseph C. Krier and his wife, Barbara Redding Krier.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 1, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM, at Harry W. Moore Family Mortuary Allisonville Road Chapel.
Mass will be on Saturday, December 2, at 10:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church.
She will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

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