Betty K. Pillion

October 15, 1933 ‒ August 16, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Betty K. Pillion, age 80 of Delaware passed away at home, Saturday, August 16, 2014.

She was born on October 15, 1933 in Warrenton, Virginia to the late Robert and Lucille (White) Kerns. In 1953 she graduated from Marshall High School, where she played basketball, was a member of Student Council, Yearbook club and the homecoming court.  Following graduation, Betty played on the town women’s basketball team for eight years and was known for her competitive spirit.  Following her parents’ divorce, Betty went to work in Washington, D.C. to support her mother at the expense of following her career dreams.

After a persistent courtship, she married H. “Gene” Pillion on February 5, 1956. Together they cared for each other’s needs and were blessed with 58 wonderful years of marriage. In 1966 Gene’s career brought him to Ohio and Emerald Farms.  The ever dedicated wife, Betty reluctantly followed with the caveat that she would give it six months and then return to Virginia with their daughter, Karen if she did not like Ohio.  Fortunately, she fell in love with Delaware and it became her home for the next 48 years.  While always the consummate wife, mother and homemaker, she began working outside the home later in life by helping Gene maintain the grounds of Emerald Farms until her retirement in 1998.

Betty was well known for her wonderful housekeeping skills as everyone joked you could eat off her floors.  She was a supportive wife and mother as she traveled around the country to follow Gene while he was showing horses and Karen as she played sports in high school and college.  A woman of faith, she was a member of West Berlin Presbyterian Church and their Women’s Society and John Rae Class.  Betty was also a member of the Delaware Riding Club for 48 years and served as ring clerk for their annual horse show for over 20 years.

Betty enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels, with Gene, for several years.  She enjoyed a passion for dancing, especially the Jitter Bug and was a member of the Olentangy Dance Club for many years. She also enjoyed collecting owls, humming birds and was an avid reader of fiction and biographies.  Rita Mae Brown was one of her favorite authors, whom she met in 2009.  Rita Mae’s stories allowed Betty to read about the Virginia fox hunting community that she knew so well.

“Miss Betty” to many, she was a true southern lady. Tailored and classic in every way, she took great pride in her appearance and was a clothes and shoe connoisseur.  Strict and confident, she was not one to mince words and at times could be feisty. She enjoyed a good sense of humor. Always gracious and inviting, she also possessed a bit of orneriness.

Betty was a loving and supportive wife and mother, who was most proud of her daughter and her accomplishments.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Gene, daughter Karen Pillion (Joni Paxton) of Sunbury, granddaughter Brittany Paxton, great-granddaughter Aurora Crum, sister Dorothy Kannard of Richmond, Virginia, dear friend who has been like a son Charlie Kerwood , and many other dear friends including faithful neighbors Jerry & Ellen Willet.

She was also preceded in death by her brother Robert Kerns Jr.

Friends may call 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon Saturday  at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr. in Delaware where services will follow Saturday at Noon  with Rev. Jennifer Eastman Hinkle officiating. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels of Delaware County, West Berlin Presbyterian Church or OhioHealth Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Karen,
    I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Betty will be missed and always loved. It is with a sad heart that we bid her goodbye for a little while. We will meet again soon.

  • Karen,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Karen
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family . I am so sorry for the loss of your mother .You are in my prayers.

  • Karen, Gene, Joni & Britt,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, and I will always remember her for the deep love she expressed for Karen on the day of Karen’s & Joni’s commitment ceremony. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much love, as always –


  • I have waited on this beautiful lady for 8 years at Pjs.She was a wonderful woman with a wonderful husband and family.I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort over the next few days.If you need anything at all just let us know. Love ya all dearly.♡

  • Gene, Karen & Joni,

    My heart breaks for all of you with your loss. Betty truly was an amazing woman, and she will be missed. I always enjoyed seeing her come into the office where she always was dressed to the nines, wore a smile and had kind words to say. What a beautiful tribute to her with her obituary. Thoughts and prayers for all of you during this most difficult time.


  • Gene,Karen, and Joni, Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.we love you all. I will truly miss my dear friend,She was very special to us.

    We had many good times together. Love to all. Alice and Claude

  • Gene, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always love you and Betty. You and Karen take care and hope to see you in the future. Love, Mary

  • I had the pleasure of getting to know this wonderful lady and her awesome family. What a sense of humor she had and a beautiful smile. God bless each of you and give you the peace that passes all understanding. Love, Jona Baer (server at PJ’s)

  • Gene and Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours in this time of loss and in the days ahead.

  • Gene, Karen, and Joni,
    I am so sorry to learn of Bettys’ passing. It has been a long time since I had seen her but kept up with her situation through mom and Gene. I remember the first time meeting her in her beautiful home on the “315 curve” back in probably 1974. She was a person that left a lasting impression on oneself.

    My condolences,thoughts, and prayers are with all of you through these days.

    Ken Yarnell



  • Gene, Karen & Joanie:

    People pass on, but their memory lives on in our hearts.

    Barbara, Dayne & McKenzie

  • It was with great sorrow that I heard of Betty’s passing. Just know that I am praying for the family in the weeks and months ahead as the adjustment is made in each and every life. Special thoughts to Karen and Joni on the tremendous loss you are experiencing now. If there is any way that I can help you, all you have to do is let me know. Eileen Fogel

  • The entire Cellar family would like to share our sincerest condolences in the passing of Betty. The Pillion family holds a special part of our memories as members of Liberty Presbyterian Church and with our remembrances of our times spent at Emerald Farms

  • Gene, Karen and Joni, Many wonderful memories of the Pillion Family.
    Lots of time watching Karen and Deb play Volleyball, Basketball and
    Softball Games for Olentangy. Betty was quite a gal and will be greatly
    missed. Out prayers are with you now and always. The Bakers

  • Dear Karen, Joni, and Gene:

    May your fondest memories carry you through your time of sorrow… My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My sincerest condolences …

    Love, Val Pfister

  • Karen and Mr. Pillion,

    Sorry to hear about Mrs. P. May your happy memories help you through this time of sorrow.

    Take care,

  • Dear Gene & Family~so sad to learn of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful lady! Thinking of you during this time of sorrow. She will be fondly remembered.