Bettie P. Wade


Bettie P. Wade was born on September 13, 1945 in Selma, Alabama. She was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. Bettie was a faithful and devoted Christian. She accepted Christ at an early age at Sandridge Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, where she served as an usher. She is preceded in death by her husband Wesley Wade, her parents James and Ola Polnitz and her beloved sister Corrie Baker.

Bettie’s life began, after she graduated from high school, moved to Columbus, Ohio and met and married the love of her life Wesley Wade. Out of this union two sons were born Kevin and Ken Dra’ Wade.

Bettie attended culinary school and received her certificate. She later started working for Western Electric and worked there for 9 ½ years until she was laid off. She then became employed with the Columbus School Board at Walnut Ridge High School. She was a dedicated and devoted employee and was loved by all. Betty retired in 2012. After retirement Bettie enjoyed gardening, taking care of her house plants and listening to her favorite group Frankie Beverly & Maze. Whenever she would hear her favorite song she would jump up with one finger in the air – doing her favorite dance! She also enjoyed going to the casino and attending family gatherings.

Bettie had a special love for her family and thoroughly enjoyed her time with her grandchildren. She was affectionately known as Mommie, Maw Maw, Aunt Betty, and Pork-chop. She will be forever remembered as a dedicated mother, grandmother, aunt and a devoted friend. She touched many lives and will be sadly missed.

Bettie P. Wade leaves to cherish her memories her sons Kevin and Ken Dra’ Wade, her five brothers; Walter (Doris), James (Bernice), Wendell, Theo (Cheryln), and Edmond Polnitz; Two sisters Emma (Johnny) Welch and Mildred (Ronald) Baker; 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; sister-in-law; Gwen White; brother in-laws; Morris and Wayman (Brenda) Wade; special nieces; Sharon Sims, Karen Burnett, Sherylene Davis, Jacqueline White and Monica Wade; devoted and loving friends Geri and Ann, special caregiver Roxie, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 2:00 PM Thursday, December 30, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Mask and Social Distancing are required. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The WADE Family, visit


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Condolence Messages

  1. Dorothy Tanner and Family

    To the Wade Family,
    My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to the family. So sorry to hear about the loss of Betty. May God be with you all during this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you all. God bless and much love.

    • Michael & Quenisha Polnitz

      Wade Family,

      To an Aunt that we’ve loved so dearly and to my family, many prayers to you all. May this day continue in love. From your nephew and family, again we love you all. Our hearts morn yet there’s the sunshine.

  2. Lawrence and Sharon Wilder

    My fondest memory was my introduction, I was informed by Mr Wesley Wade that she is the First Lady, my lady, she took my hand and said to me come my child help me crack the pecans. Those words you can’t rewrite. Love you Family. I offer a prayer and a long standing kinship to the Wade Family.

  3. To the entire Wade family, I’m sending my deepest condolences. Praying for peace.

  4. Rochelle Polnitz Williams

    My deepest condolences to Kevin and KenDra and the rest of our family. May God watch over and keep you during your time of need. I pray for your strength and your peace. We love you.
    Theodis, Rochelle, and TJ Williams

  5. Shalena Zeigler and the Zeigler Family

    To the Wade family,
    My sincere and deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of your mother. Mrs. Wade was truly a wonderful woman. I will always remember how amazing she was. May you always feel her presence in your heart and soul. Praying for you all. Much love and God bless.

  6. To the Wade Family,
    Our sincere and deepest sympathies and condolences for the loss of your MOTHER. We have been next door neighbors for more than 45 years. We are going to miss her so much. We will always remember her smile and her touch of love that she provided to us throughout the years. There was never a day that went by that we didn’t speak or see each other. She will forever be missed by the PARKS family.

  7. Mildred Polnitz-Baker

    To our Family with love

    Words cannot encompass the loss we feel. The emptiness goes deep. With time and prayer we will heal.

    Mildred Polnitz-Baker and Family

  8. Walter & Doris Polnitz

    Our deepest condolences to our nephew Kevin
    and KenDra. We are praying for strength and believe that God All Mighty is with us doing
    this time of sorrow.


    To The Polnitz And Wade Families:
    It is our sincere condolences We send in the passing of our Dear, Bettie Wade,“Sister”. We Pray That You Find Comfort And Peace in Our Savior, Jesus Christ! May God’s Love and Provision Sustain You from this day Forth! Love From The Craig Family ❤️

  10. Kevin and KenDra’ you all have my deepest condolences & heart felt sympathy, on the loss of your beautiful mother.I had the pleasure of meeting & working with Ms.Bettie @ Walnut Ridge & from day one we became cool/ friends. Ms Bettie & I would have some of the deepest conversations about life,she would always leave me with words of wisdom.One year for Christmas she gifted me something special & every year I include it in my holiday decor. Kevin and KenDra’ may the peace of God be your strength & comfort..Much Love Kelly Lipsey Walnut Ridge High School ️️️

  11. To my dearest family, I send my love and heartfelt condolences to you at this time of sorrow, I pray God gives you the strength you will need for today and the days to come, I Love You….
    Janice “Ma” Bonner
    Selma, AL

  12. On behalf of the Parks Family, we offer our deepest condolence. Mrs. Wade was a literally a second Mom living next door to us our entire lives. She will be missed and never forgotten…forever in our hearts.

  13. Wade family,

    To an Aunt we’ve loved so dearly and to the family our deepest condolences. Kevin and Ken’Dra we love you both and many prayers. From your nephew (Michael) I’ve enjoyed the years shared and the many memories. Again, many prayers.

    Love always, Michael and Quenisha Polnitz

  14. Rashonda (Welch) Jackman & Family

    It’s hard to imagine life without Aunt Bettie. Her smile, her laugh, that sense of style that made every head turn when she walked in a room. I’m so thankful for all the good memories she brought to the family. Love you Kevin and KenDra. Let’s keep the memories going and stay strong together.

  15. My deepest condolences to Kevin and KenDra’ and the entire family. I truly loved your Mother so much that I called her Mom. She and I spent a lot of time together especially after Mr. Wade passed. I never left her side except to go to work. She was the sweetest and loving woman and taught me a lot. She will be dearly missed.

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