Betty Jean Coughlin

It is with both a heavy heart and a spirit of celebration that we share the life of Betty Jean Coughlin who peacefully departed this world on March 14, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Born on May 18, 1928, a daughter of the late Quirico “Quick” and Jessie Douglas Fumerola, Betty spent her 95 years enriching the lives of everyone around her with her warmth, resilience, and loving spirit. Now being reunited with her husband, Paul Michael Coughlin, who passed on February 13, 2009, grandson Steven Jarrell, son-in-law Gary Tomblyn, and her siblings: Roy Fumerola, Dewey Fumerola, William Fumerola, James Fumerola, and Margaret Pingley.

Betty was a woman of many talents and passions. She was an award-winning quilter, homemaker, mother and MeMa to many. Her quilts were not just beautiful pieces of art, but also woven narratives of love, time, and tradition. Betty’s creativity was boundless, extending beyond the quilting frame to crocheting and embroidery. Her cooking skills were a testament to her love for her family and friends; each dish a masterpiece that warmed hearts. She was a charter member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Forever cherishing their memories of Betty’s selfless nature are four children: Michael Coughlin and wife, Margaret, of Dallas, TX, Donna Jarrell and husband, Michael, of  S. Charleston, David Coughlin and wife, Linda, of Buckhannon, and Rose Mary Tomblyn of Buckhannon; eight grandchildren: Paula Tomblyn Ball and husband, Jeff, of Buckhannon, Sarah Tomblyn Kesling and husband, Jimmie, of Buckhannon, Travis Tomblyn and wife, Jen, of Austin, TX, Samuel Jarrell and wife, Michelle, of St. Albans, Tyson Coughlin and wife, Kristina, of Charlotte, NC, Rachel Coughlin of Paris, France, Rebecca Coughlin of Dallas, TX and Luke Coughlin of Dallas, TX; 17 great grandchildren: Robin, Garrett, Emmett, Sofia, Cole, Camden, Ayden, Christian, Bella, Cordale, Paige, Landun, Ky’len, Rayna, Zayvion, Pierce, and Lucca; six siblings: Mary Leigh of Warren, OH, Robert Joseph Fumerola of Alamagordo, NM, Barbara Ware and husband, Guy, of Buckhannon, Virginia Robinson and husband, Frank, of Millville, NJ, J.R. Fumerola and wife, Karen, of Farmdale, OH, and Lynn Fumerola and wife, Arlene, of Buckhannon; and very special caregivers: Sue, Laura, and grandson Garrett.

Family and friends will gather at Clutter Funeral and Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Holy Rosary Church with Father Ed Tetteh officiating. Interment will follow at Upshur County Memorial Park in Tennerton.

We, at Clutter Funeral and Cremation, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Betty Jean Coughlin. Online condolences may be expressed at

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