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Elizabeth 'Betty' Jane McKowen PDF Print
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 PM

Sept. 11, 1929-Jan. 25 2014


Elizabeth “Betty” Jane McKowen, 84, of Delphos, passed away Saturday evening at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.

Her Family… She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Claridge, Pa., to John and Mary (Butcher) Bittner, who preceded her in death.

On June 27, 1953, she married Robert T. McKowen, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1964.

Betty is survived by her children, James (Linda) McKowen of Tipp City, Rebecca (Jim) Kellam of Lima and Thomas McKowen of Marion; five grandchildren, Jordan Kellam, Marie (Andrew) Wylie, Victoria Kellam, Emily McKowen and Daniel McKowen; one great-granddaughter, Anna Rose; brothers-in-law, Al Zolyak of Monroeville, Pa., Jim (Lois) McKowen of Fort Jennings, Tim McKowen of Naples, Fla., and Michael (Barbara) McKowen of Lima; sister-in-law, Audrey McKowen of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Kerns; brothers, William and Martin (Joan) Bittner; sisters, Mildred (Frank) Cinti and Helen Zolyak; brother-in-law, Daniel McKowen; and sister-in-law, Nancy McKowen.

Her Legacy… Betty was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a Delphos Canal Commission trustee and volunteered at the Canal Museum. She had a passion for genealogy and was an avid historian. She was the first Tri-County Woman of the Year in 1967. In 1994, she retired as vice president of human resources from The Commercial Bank. Betty loved tennis and quilting, but her greatest love was her grandchildren.

Her Farewell Services… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphos Canal Commission, American Cancer Society or The Bridge Hospice Care Center and because of her love of shoes, bring a pair of shoes to donate to those who are in need.

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