Betty J.Overly86, owned Papa Bear’s Tavern

By on December 21, 2011

Betty Jane Overly, 86, of Manheim, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at Manor Care of Elizabethtown.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late John Sr. and Carolyn Dommel High. She was the wife of the late Robert W. Overly, who died in 1986.

Betty was the owner of the former Papa Bear’s Tavern, Gateway to the North, located along Route 72, north of Manheim Borough.

Betty was a lifetime member of the Elstonville Sportsman Association, where she served 12 years on the board of directors and 14 years on the sporting clays committee.

Her other memberships included: Mount Joy American Legion Auxiliary, for which in her early years she served as president; president of District 9; a lifetime member of the Manheim VFW Auxiliary; and committee member for the Sertoma Club and the Elstonville Motorcycle Club for the Fake Snake Hunt to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

In her early years she worked for Hubley Toys in Lancaster and also was secretary/treasurer of AFL-CIO while working there; she moved on to Hamilton Watch Co., East Petersburg, where she received many awards from the government for her quality control work for the company.

Throughout her life Betty always worked as a waitress, cashier and hostess for 24 years at the Mount Joy American Legion and other restaurants, the former Baron Stiegel and Keith’s Family Restaurant, Manheim. Betty’s interests included: tap dancing, singing, entertaining and making friends.

Surviving are a daughter: Mary W., wife of Jacob E. Brown, of Mount Joy; six grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are a daughter: Patricia "Pat" A. Kulp; a son: Robert W. Overly Jr.; and two brothers: John G. and Leroy R. High.

Her funeral service was held at the Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, on Dec. 20. Interment took place in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Betty’s memory to the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired, 244 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

To send the family online condolences, visit

About lititzrecord