SUGARCREEK -- Betty Marie Ault-Kinsey passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Truman Hospice House in New Philadelphia.
Betty was born Jan. 6, 1922 in Belmont County to the late Carl and Lena (Fitch) Ault. She grew up with four brothers and sisters. Betty, the oldest of eight children, left school after the eighth grade to work to help support her siblings. She worked in various homes until she married the late Karl Kinsey on July 4, 1943.
Her son, Merele Wayne Kinsey, was born on Jan. 28, 1944. One year and two weeks later, her daughter, Roselie Kinsey Youngen, was born. Work and family were Betty's top priorities in life.
In the early years of her marriage to Karl, a cheese maker, she helped support her family with two large vegetable gardens and canning fruits and vegetables as well as doing occasional work for friends and neighbors; helping with house cleaning and wallpapering. When Karl became cheesemaker at Mast Dairy, the family moved to Walnut Creek, in Amish Country in January 1958. Then and subsequently when Karl became cheesemaker at Broad Run Dairy, she helped him manage the business and occasionally helped in the factory.
Betty and Karl enjoyed traveling together and having family dinners with their many siblings' families. Karl and Betty also were charter members of a Hausy card club that they had organized on Karl's 30th birthday with couples in the Bakersville and West Lafayette areas in Coshocton County.
Karl and Betty also enjoyed traveling together. Betty's favorite trip was one she and Karl took to Hawaii. Her beloved husband of 45 years died suddenly in October 1987. After Karl's death, she first lived with her mother until Lena's death. Then she lived alone for the next 30 years at her home in Sugarcreek, loved her family above all else and helped them whenever and however she could.
Each summer she helped her daughter, Rosie and two granddaughters can. Other than family, Betty enjoyed attending church at Sugarcreek First United Church of Christ.
Surviving are her son, Merele and daughter, Roselie, her two granddaughters, Tammie Youngen and Chris (Chad) Wallace, her grandsons, Mason Douglass and Jean Fritz Wallace, and her sister, Erma Freeze of Coshocton.
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Calling hours were Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek (www.smithfuneral.com). Celebration of life service was Tuesday, May 2, at noon at First United Church of Christ in Sugarcreek, with a luncheon following in the church fellowship hall. Private burial was in Bakersville Cemetery prior to her services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave., SW, New Philadelphia 44663; or First United Church of Christ, 526 W. Main St., Sugarcreek 44681.