Elizabeth M. "Betty" Kirby
Catricala Funeral Home Inc
1597 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Kirby, Elizabeth M. "Betty" COHOES Elizabeth M. "Betty" Kirby, age 96 of Cohoes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Born on November 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Marie Miller. She was predeceased by her husband William Kirby; sons, Kevin and Paul Kirby; and her daughter-in-law Diane Kirby. Betty worked as a teacher for the Cohoes City School District for many years. She was an avid quilter and loved painting and tending to her garden. She enjoyed traveling and took many trips all over the world. She volunteered her time at the Eddy in Cohoes, and was active with the Friends of Cohoes Library and the former St. Bernard's Church in Cohoes. She is survived by her children, Katrina Kidder, Marion (Malcolm) Phelps, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Freeman, Vincent (Colleen) Kirby, James Kirby, William (Elaine) Kirby, and David (Christine) Kirby. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland for all of the wonderful care they provided to Betty. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Rte. 9, Clifton Park, with a funeral Mass at 12 p.m. in St. Mary's Church in Crescent. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Troy. The family requests no flowers be sent. Instead, donations may be made in her memory to the Recreational Activities Fund at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, 2 Mercy Care Lane, Guilderland, NY, 12084.

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Published by Albany Times Union on May 13, 2021.
Calling hours
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Catricala Funeral Home Inc.
1597 Route 9, Clifton Park, New York
Funeral Mass
St. Mary's Church, Crescent
86 Church Hill Road, Crescent, New York
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Catricala Funeral Home Inc
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Betty was a total gem, and I loved spending time with her when I was visiting my mother at Mercy Care. After my family first met Betty, I told the staff that I wanted my mom to be seated at her dining table every day. She was so social and always looking out for everyone, so I knew my mom would have a good buddy, and in turn we did too! In the afternoons, when my mom was napping, I'd get extra Betty time, hanging out chatting and birdwatching in the common area. One afternoon, she was telling me about her childhood in Troy, so I brought up the Google street view on my laptop, and she and I took a virtual walk down memory lane to her former local church and other locations. She had a sneaky sense of humor, always had a candy stash, and I loved seeing her wonderful watercolor paintings devoted to her favorite subject matter, beautiful flowers. Much love to her family!
Christina Rudofsky
May 20, 2021
What an extraordinary woman Betty was in this life. She and my late mother, Barbara, became quick friends as residents in the Rosary wing of OLOM; she became quick friends with our family, too. I cherish hearing Betty tell us over a meal about teaching and travel experiences, what Troy and Cohoes were like way back when, and the love she had for her family and friends. She had a wonderfully sly sense of humor, a refreshing candor in her opinions, and a heart filled with gratitude for the little things in life that so many of us gloss over in the hustle and bustle. It was an honor to know Betty. May her family be consoled with countless endearing memories of Betty, whose smile and laugh could fill a room with joy. What a grand lady she was in this world. May Betty rest in peace!
Frederick Rudofsky
May 19, 2021
Betty was a wonderful teacher who gave me encouragement when I started teaching in Cohoes. I was at School 4 one day a week and taught music in the cafeteria/cellar. She was always so sweet and loved to hear the children sing when she came to get them after class. I taught some the Kirbys, too.
Annette (Curtis) Heilman
May 19, 2021
David, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. She was a great person as well as a great teacher.
Melissa A Sorel
May 14, 2021