• Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel
    Dayton, OH
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Betsy B. Kitch 1932 - 2014

Betsy B. Kitch

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Family and Friends of Betsy,

We continue to give thanks for Betsy's life. For a couple of years, my husband Dave and I had been planning to move to Bethany Village, as Jack and Betsy had done. We had been shown a model unit late in 2013. As we left there, we waved to Jack and Betsy, who were just pulling out of their nearby driveway. Several months after Betsy's death, when we were evaluating the various floor plans, we were shown the home that had belonged to Jack and Betsy. They had invested a lot of tender, loving care in it (and, as Jack would observe, hard cash as well) and had made positive additions that were very appealing. We wish that they had had a much longer time to enjoy those investments. But in making those investments, Jack and Betsy contributed to a community beyond themselves, as they did at many other points in life.

Last September, Dave and I moved into the home on Palmetto Court that had belonged to Betsy and Jack. It feels like sacred space. Betsy was my spiritual director for a few years in the 1990s, and Dave and I both served on Cursillo teams with her. I appreciated sharing those times with her. Because of my husband's changing ministry opportunities, our focus moved to Cincinnati for several years, and we lost touch with many Dayton area friends at that point. But Betsy's poem "Waiting and Praying" is near my laptop, and her photo (with me and author Madeleine L'Engle at a Kanuga retreat) is on our refrigerator.

I know that legions of people have known and loved Betsy. Please know that this home is a place where her love and legacy lives on. I'll never match her hospitable presence, but it remains my goal!

Marty Cottrill
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Family and friends of Betsy,

We had a long-term plan to move into Bethany Village, as Betsy & Jack had done. Last spring we began looking seriously at the various floor plans offered at Bethany. Months earlier, we had been shown a model unit there. As we left there, Jack & Betsy had been pulling out of their driveway. As it turned out, the home the Kitches had lived in at 6558 Palmetto was one of the housing units shown to us late in the spring. Jack and Betsy had made many practical, appealing additions to the home, and we are sorry that they didn't have more years there. But this home had a great appeal for us because of its size, the Kitch additions, and our positive connections with the Kitches over the years (especially in the 1990s).

In September we moved to Bethany Village, where we live in the home that Betsy and Jack had shared. It feels like sacred space, and we appreciate that. Betsy was my spiritual director for several years, and Dave and I both worked with her in Cursillo. Betsy's poem "Waiting and Praying" is beside my laptop. A picture of Betsy and me with author Madeleine L'Engle is on our refrigerator.

We know Betsy was known and loved by many. But this home is definitely one of the many places where Betsy's love and legacy live on.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Our prayers & good thoughts go with the Kitch family as you mourn and celebrate Betsy's full and rich life. I loved to hear of her curiousity, her creative responses to communicate her love of the Lord, and very real love of his people. Her heart seemed always open - to listen, to come along side in support, to offer prayer, laughter, a roof over one's head. I will remember Betsy as a genuine lover of souls, an authentic believer and true servant of Christ Jesus.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Continuing to pray for all of you as these days go by till we at last celebrate Betsy's life and lay her to rest. We are watching the weather closely and praying it doesn't interfere with our sharing this day with all of you.

Blessings and much love and prayer,
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
We wish we had had more opportunities to know Betsy and learn from her, but we look forward to seeing her again in the presence of our Lord! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord's peace reign.
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