Betsy B. Kitch

January 22, 1932January 13, 2014
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KITCH, Betsy B., born January 22, 1932, Betsy Ann Byrns Kitch grew up in Griggsville, Illinois. After graduating from Griggsville High School, she attended the University of Illinois, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology in 1955. In 1984 she completed her Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministries at the University of Dayton. Betsy was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha, an Associate of the Community of St. Mary(Anglican) and a long time member and lay minister of Christ Church(Episcopal) in Xenia, Ohio. Betsy passed away on January 13, 2014. An exceptional wife and mother, she is remembered as a Spiritual Director, retreat leader, teacher, poet, artist, gardener-and abiding friend. Betsy is survived by her husband Jack, of 58 years, and their children: son David Kitch and spouse Sarah, son William Kitch and spouse Elizabeth, daughter Anne Kitch and spouse James Peck, and grandchildren Rachel, Nathan, Sophie and Lucy. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Christ Church 68 E. Church St. Xenia, OH 45385 or the Community of the Transfiguration 495 Albion Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45246. The family will be receiving visitors from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday February 7, 2014 in the Grand Room at Bethany Village 6443 Bethany Village Dr., Dayton, Ohio. The memorial service will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Christ Church(Episcopal), in Xenia. Arrangements are being completed by the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-Far Hills Chapel


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Marty Cottrill

February 11, 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

Marty Cottrill

February 11, 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.

the Johnson-Tanners, w/ Doris Tanner

February 8, 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.

John and Louise Bower

February 7, 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,

Jody & Devin Bader

February 5, 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.

Ron Pollock

February 1, 2014

I am so sorry to learn of your loss. You can count on our continued thoughts and prayers for the entire family. May your mother rest in peace and rise in glory !
You are a joy and a delight !
In Christ,
Fr. Ron Pollock

Jennifer Ross

February 1, 2014

My heart goes out to all of you who have shared this splendid woman's love. The joy within these photos mirrors who you are as a family, just as her life reflects her joy in God, family and friends. While it is never easy to say goodbye to those we hold tenderly in our hearts, I know Betsy's memorial service will reflect the happiness and love she and Jack continued to grow throughout their marriage and extended to each of their children and on to their grandchildren. I have the honor of knowing Anne and have heard a few tales over a handful of years that brought smiles to her face and laughter to share and light dancing in her eyes. That spirit is love of family, and that is one of the treasures that will be brought forth at the service and will remain a part of each of you blessed to have shared precious time and love from Betsy. May it and our loving God hold you all gently: Love is a circle complete.

Sue Blough

January 29, 2014

I know most about Betsy's gritty faith and goodness through David and Sarah, but on the occasions I met her she had the aura of one who has allowed the Holy Spirit to work deeply in her life...while keeping a sense of humor. May that same Spirit comfort her family and friends.

Nancy & Michael Shalkey

January 27, 2014

I think the word I would most like to describe Betsy is 'delightful'. She knew who she was and Whose she was, and communicated a great sense of joy to all who came in contact with her. And she was so wise and warm - a real blessing. We'll always remember her with thanksgiving to the Lord.

January 27, 2014

Dear David, Sarah and family, it is so sad to hear of your great loss. She was filled with such vitality, love and kindness. My memory of her makes me feel so very blessed to have met her. You all stay in my prayers always,
Sharie Hall